Astros' Craig Biggio reacts to 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame selection

Baseball Craig Biggio just missed making the cut for the Hall of Fame in 2014, but he made it over the threshold this time.The Astros legend shared his thoughts on the honor during a conference call Tuesday afternoon. MORE: Exclusive portraits | Pedro: I was clean | Smoltz reflects | Unit 'enjoyed playing game'  |  Not everything is the writers' fault | Five most confusing ballots | Ballot breakdownHis thoughts on being selected... “I want to thank the Baseball Writers' Association for this huge honor. To be part of an organization for 20 years is special. The opportunity to go into the Hall of Fame as an Astro is something I’m very proud of. Twenty years is a long time in one city. I’m very honored and humbled to be able to give back [to the city].”After falling two votes short last year...“Last year I was totally fine. We came real close last year. This morning I woke up at 4:30, then at 7. It was a very emotional phone call. I just love playing the game of baseball and I’m overwhelmed by it right now.”On why teammate Jeff Bagwell isn’t coming close to a Hall of Fame nod...“I don’t know. I think that there are so many guys on the ballot. I think the writers did a nice job. Hopefully he can start trending back in the right direction. Jeff Bagwell is a Hall of Fame player. He was a pretty special player.”On being the first Astro batter in the Hall...“It means a lot to me. We’ve had a lot of great players here. There were just so many great players I was around. It’s really really special. To finally get an Astro guy in there, I take a lot of pride in that.”Memories of his 3,000th hit...“My memory of it, I was just trying to play the game. We were going to score the run to tie the game. I wa

s kind of very excited and happy, but I was more happy that my teammates didn’t have to talk about it anymore.”On going to Seton Hall instead of going pro...“I was an 18-year-old kid. I thought I knew a lot, but I didn’t know anything at all. I went in as a kid and came out as a man. [The coaches at Seton Hall] are the reason I was able to go high in the first round. I wasn’t mature enough coming out of high school. I needed college. I needed that time away from home. They guided me.”On possibly playing football instead...“I really did. I wanted to play football in college. Baseball was the backup plan. I loved football. Football was my No. 1. The reality is it didn’t happen. The right thing happened, obviously.”On getting his work ethic from his dad...“Today’s a rough day from the standpoint my mom and dad have been gone for 10 years. I never really saw my dad play. Someone mentioned today he thought my dad was the greatest catcher of all time. For him to pass that compliment along was very, very nice. He would throw me batting practice, tie me up to the backstop. He worked hard and he was a good dad.”On players not getting in due to steroids...“I don’t know, so I don’t know the answer. The only answer I know is it wasn’t a part of my life. That’s all I can say. The choices the other players made, that was their choice.”