Ken Caminiti is entering the Astros Hall of Fame!
Bring on the happy tears.
Ken Caminiti is joining the Astros Hall of Fame, the team announced at their Fanfest on Saturday.
The honor carries so many emotions. Ken was adored by his Astros teammates and fans, and he established himself as a standout player from 1987 to 1994, especially on defense (he played with Houston again in 1999 and 2000).
Ken often felt like he didn't quite get the attention he deserved in Houston — that he was overshadowed or overlooked. Some of the reasons for that were self-imposed, some of them team-imposed, and some were just plain bad luck.
When Ken got shipped to San Diego after the 1994 season and became a superstar with the Padres, there was a bittersweet feel to it — from an Astros perspective, you wished more of his launch could have happened when he played in Houston, or that the Astros had kept him.
Saturday's announcement goes a long way in putting those feelings and frustrations to rest.
While Ken had his troubles and died at the much-too-young age of 41, I'm glad that the Astros — like the Padres have previously done — are honoring the man and player he was.
Ken was among the most special players in Astros franchise history alongside his buddies Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio, and now he's joining them with the team's ultimate honor. His Astros legacy has been affirmed.
And I can't stop smiling through the tears.