Baby Biggio Hits For the Cycle, Grandbaby Yaz Goes Yard at Fenway
I’m getting old.
I realize that at my current age, I am older than most of the active major league baseball players. The guys I grew up hearing about or watching as a kid, and even watched in my 20’s have kids and/or grandkids playing in the majors. We have Baby Vlad, Grandbaby Yastrzemski, Cody Bellinger, Bo Bichette, and a slew of other 2nd and even 3rd generation ballplayers out there. So when I saw headlines last night about Yaz hitting a home run at Fenway and Biggio hitting for the cycle, I was like “WHAT YEAR IS THIS?”
In a game with maybe 63 people in attendance, the Blue Jays were in Baltimore as the two worst teams in the AL East battled it out. The Jays’ rookie second baseman Cavan Biggio had himself a night, hitting for the cycle in the 8-5 win over the Orioles. Rather than give you the play by play recap, I’ll just let you watch for yourselves:
Biggio’s dad, Houston Astros legend Craig Biggio hit for the cycle himself in 2002 against the Rockies, which doesn’t seem like that long ago… And then you realize that 24-year-old Baby Biggio was only a few days shy of his 7th birthday at the time. Cavan’s feat was just the third cycle ever hit for Toronto, last accomplished in 2001 by Jeff Frye, and Kelly Gruber before him in 1989. There have been an impressive 6 cycles hit this season by Jorge Polanco (MIN), Shohei Ohtani (LAA), Jake Bauers (CLE), Trea Turner (WAS), Jonathan Villar (BAL), and now Biggio.
Fun fact: There’s been one other father/son cycle hitting duo in history – Gary Ward of the Minnesota Twins in 1980, and his son, Daryle for the Pirates in 2004. Though, not as impressive as hitting for the cycle, my personal favorite father/son badassery will always and forever remain Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. hitting back-to-back homers for the Mariners against the Angels back in 1990.
Oh, and as for the aforementioned Yastrzemski homer at Fenway? That was hit by Red Sox legend Carl’s grandson, for his 20th of the season. The bomb came AGAINST his grandad’s team of 23 years, and yet he still managed to get a standing ovation from the fans at Fenway. Red Sox Nation loves themselves a Yaz, no matter what team he might be playing for.