Craig Biggio took a day to collect his thoughts.
Despite being the only player in MLB history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 homers, the ex-Astro great hadn't been voted Wednesday into baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.
After letting the fact sink in, Biggio spoke with the media Thursday at Minute Maid Park.
"Yesterday was a great day," Biggio said. "We didn't get in but we got very close."
Biggio was the top vote-getter in 2013 balloting, earning 388 of the 569 total votes cast (68.2 percent) and falling just 39 short of becoming the first player in Houston's 51-year history to officially represent the franchise in the Hall.
"Was it 39 guys that (don't) vote for guys the first time?" Biggio asked.
But with a controversial ballot dominated by big-name former All-Stars linked to performance-enhancing drugs (Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Roger Clemens), Biggio and longtime teammate Jeff Bagwell (59.6 percent) were denied admittance into the Hall.
Biggio acknowledged that voters questions on the steroid era could have influenced the entire ballot. "It's a possibility that definitely could have been part of the deal."
Craig Biggio: 'I got a little anxious'
Houston Chronicle | Jan 10