Oct. 21, 2020 – I remember looking in the mirror in the morning, at 7 o’clock in the morning, and saying. ‘What are you doing, man? You’re killing yourself.’ And still could not stop, because for me to get through the day, I had to have drinks.”
Bagwell credited his sobriety to his wife Rachel and his kids, who had numerous interventions to get him to stop drinking. “Obviously, we never overcome this disease,” Bagwell said. “People say, ‘Oh, you’re a recovered alcoholic.’ No, I’m in recovery. It’s always there. It’s always waiting. And for me, I was very, very fortunate to have people around me that loved me and supported me. And didn’t give up on me. That’s part of the reason why I’m here today. And if they did give up on me, I don’t think I’d be sitting here or in any other seat. I would not be alive.” Bagwell played his entire 15-year big league career with the Astros and is the franchise’s all-time home run leader with 449. He was the National League MVP in 1994 and hit .297 with four All-Star appearances his career.