The post-World Series whirlwind continued Saturday with a stop at Tiger Stadium.
Former LSU baseball standouts and now Houston Astros Alex Bregman and Will Harris have already made several stops after their team's thrilling win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Bregman, some of those included a quick cameo on Saturday Night Live and a heartfelt meeting with former coach Paul Mainieri on Friday.
Bregman, originally from New Mexico, said it felt like coming home.
"I love Louisiana. I love Baton Rouge. It’s a second home to me," Bregman said. "Just great to see a lot of old friends and people I got to spend a lot of time with here at school. I saw coach Mainieri, coach [Alan] Dunn, all the LSU baseball guys. It’s been special."
He added that in his visit with Mainieri, his coach didn't display any surprise in the Astros' World Series title: “[He just said] congratulations and that he expected nothing less. He said we’ve got a lot more of them coming.”
Bregman starred for the LSU baseball team from 2013-'15; Harris was drafted by the Oakland Athletics out of LSU in 2006.
Harris, originally from Slidell, also shared how excited he was to return home to Louisiana.
"It really means everything. I love being home with my family and my friends and getting to spend Saturdays here in Baton Rouge is something I’ve done for many years and will continue to do for a really long time," he said. "It’s nice to come home and unwind and just kind of get back to being a family man and hang out."
Harris continued: "The LSU community is the best there is. Everybody knows that. We’ve got a lot of followers in Houston, which is great. It’s always fun to come home and see a lot of familiar faces and friends that I only get to see in the winter months."
Bregman announced his plans during an "Ask Me Anything" thread on Reddit on Monday. He talked extensively about his time with the Astros and the team's World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
In his first full season of Major League Baseball, Bregman posted eye-popping numbers in the World Series: 5 runs, 7 hits, 2 home runs and 5 RBIs. Of course his most memorable moment came in Game 5 with a walk-off RBI single to spur the Astros to a 13-12 win in 10 innings.
Harris pitched 45.1 innings in relief throughout the regular season, with a 2.98 ERA and 52 strikeouts. Harris pitched four innings in the postseason, allowing just one run and striking out three.
— Information from Advocate reporter Mike Gegenheimer was used in this report.