Alex Bregman took a star turn while helping his Houston Astros win the World Series this past week.
During Game 7 Wednesday night in Los Angeles, his friends and family got a little taste of the spotlight as well.
After the Astros beat the Dodgers 5-1 to win their first ever World Series, Bregman sat in between Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz for an interview. Standing behind Ortiz, Keith Hernandez and Frank Thomas was Alex’s father, Sam; mother, Jackie; brother, AJ; sister, Jessie; longtime friend, Blair Beck; and hitting guru Jason Columbus. All were beaming as Alex answered questions from the Fox MLB crew.
“The way that happens was my son said, ‘I’ll go do these interviews but I’m taking my family with me,'” Sam Bregman said.
Jackie and Sam got some more camera time a few minutes later.
Houston shortstop Carlos Correa took a break from the on-field party to drop to a knee and propose to his girlfriend.
In the middle of Fox shot was an emotional Jackie Bregman with Sam watching the spectacle over her shoulder.
“Yeah, Jackie and I got caught up in that crowd somehow,” Sam Bregman said. “We weren’t expecting that. He gets down on his knee and starts proposing and Jackie became part of the proposal.”
Before all the celebration, marriage proposals and TV time for the Bregman clan, there were plenty of nerves.
“That was one of the longest days, waiting for that game to happen, I think in my life,” Sam Bregman said. “When it finally arrived, it was surreal. It was pretty incredible.”
The night got off to an incredible start as World Series MVP George Springer led off with a double and scored when Bregman reached on a two-base error. Bregman then stole third base and scored on a Jose Altuve groundout.
Houston’s lead grew to 5-0 when pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. drove in a run with a groundout and Springer hit a two-run home run in the second.
“It certainly made us relax a little bit,” Sam Bregman said. “It made a difference for the families rooting for the Astros in the stadium. It made for a wonderful experience for the Astros fans.”
Bregman, one of two Albuquerque natives along with reliever Ken Giles, went 0-for-4 with the run scored and three strikeouts in Game 7, but the 23-year-old Albuquerque Academy alumnus hit two home runs and drove in five runs in the World Series.
“I’m really proud of Alex,” Sam Bregman said. “I’m most proud of the fact that he’s where he is at because of his hard work. He’s always had a dream of playing Major League Baseball, and what got him there to this level was his work ethic. He has never been the best athlete on the field, but he’s always been the most prepared and the hardest working.”
That hard work paid off for Bregman and his hard play has garnered national attention.
“He’s made his family and all of New Mexico very proud,” Sam Bregman said. “He’s a guy that you know is going to bust his butt and play the game the right way. That’s the way he’s always played the game and I think the whole country, the whole world, got to see that.”