Lifelong Astros fan Grossman savors first camp

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- The chance to put on an Astros uniform -- even if it wasn't the uniform he remembered while growing up in Houston -- was a thrill of a lifetime for outfielder Robbie Grossman, who is a non-roster invitee to Major League camp.

Grossman attended Cy-Fair High School outside Houston and grew up a big Astros fan. The Astros acquired him, along with pitchers Rudy Owens and Colton Cain, from the Pirates last July in the deal that sent veteran pitcher Wandy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh.

"It's kind of a dream come true," Grossman said. "I grew up in Houston and grew up watching the Astros, and it's kind of surreal being around here, wearing a Houston logo. I can't be more excited."

And of course, Grossman was a fan if the Killer B's in the mid-2000s -- a team led by Lance Berkman, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell. He also liked Morgan Ensberg, Moises Alou and Richard Hidalgo.

"You grow up idolizing those guys," he said. "It's just a surreal experience to wear this uniform. I hoped one day to end up here, and it came sooner than later."

Grossman was a high school teammate of Astros catcher Chris Wallace at Cy-Fair, which also produced former Astros pitcher Woody Williams.