I can’t really say goodbye because he’s not really going away for good. I can’t say hello, because he’s been the face of the Astros for so long–so Aloha Jeff, and welcome to this new phase of your tenure with the Houston Astros.
In a way, it’s a sad day because I will never again see you hitting those towering home runs or manning first base ever again. Thanks for the great memories. And thank you for accepting the Special Assistant to the General Manager position. With you working with the young kids and still being around the club house regularly, you will be inspiration to all, young and old, rookie and veteran on the club.
You are surely a Hall of Famer, 1st ballot will depend on all those who get to vote. Rest assured, to the City of Houston and Astros fans all over the world, you already are a Hall of Famer and I look forward to the emotions that will pour from everyone in this city on the day they retire your number. You will forever be an Astro and #5 will forever belong to JEFF BAGWELL!!