In a recent piece, Houston Chronicle columnist John Lopez praises Craig Biggio for his integrity, despite the fact that Lopez and the Astros’ second baseman have had their disagreements in the past:

I freely admit I like Craig Biggio as a ballplayer and a person. Maybe it’s because in 1990, I was a 28-year-old sportswriter new to the big city and Biggio was a 24-year-old rising baseball star in just his second full big-league season. In the 16 years since, pretty much every time I’ve walked into the Astros clubhouse, there’s been Biggio … and until recently Jeff Bagwell, of course. Even if the time you spend with players is controlled and provides a look at mere slices of their respective lives, you get to know things about them over that kind of span. You understand the people they really are.

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