April 26, 2013
Cy-Fair High School alumnus Robbie Grossman was called up to the major leagues to play for his hometown team, the Houston Astros. Grossman played in his major league debut on April 24 against the Mariners, going 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
April 26, 2013 — Cy-Fair High School graduate Robbie Grossman returned home on Wednesday as a Major League Baseball player, making his big-league debut with the Houston Astros.
Grossman, who had a standout four-year career for the Bobcats’ varsity baseball team from 2005-2008, had a big night in front of family and friends at Minute Maid Park. He knocked two doubles and scored a run, going 2-for-5 as the Astros defeated the Seattle Mariners, 10-3.
Cy-Fair head coach Woody Champagne, who coached Grossman in high school, said the sight of Grossman in an Astros uniform reminded him of another Bobcat, Woody Williams (Cy-Fair Class of 1984) suiting up for the Astros in 2007.
“To see Robbie in that Astros uniform—wow,” Champagne said. “It was special for all the coaches and teammates. We know Robbie will play hard and do his best. He knows what BFND [Bobcat Fight Never Dies] means.”
Grossman was the only freshman to ever play varsity for Champagne’s Bobcats, making the all-district first team in his first year. He helped Cy-Fair win the Class 5A state baseball championship as a junior in 2007.
Cypress Ranch High School head coach John Pope has fond memories of Grossman from when Pope coached him as a Cy-Fair assistant.
“When I think about Robbie, I think about his great work ethic, aggressiveness, hustle and determination,” Pope said. “He was fun to coach because he worked very hard at practice and looked like he was having the time of his life playing the game. We knew early on as a coaching staff that he was a special player.”
Grossman signed with the University of Texas as a senior, but ultimately chose to sign with the Pittsburgh Pirates when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 draft. Grossman was named Pittsburgh’s 2011 Minor League Player of the Year, and was traded to the Astros in a multiple-player exchange in 2012.
He was on the road in Albuquerque, N.M., with the Astros’ Class AAA affiliate, Oklahoma City, on Tuesday when he was informed he was being called up to play for Houston on Wednesday.
Both Champagne and Pope said they are delighted with Grossman’s ascent to the big leagues.
“Robbie was always very mature for his age. He worked very hard, and that is a big reason for his access and rise to the majors,” Champagne said. “He also has a great family that supports him always. Cy-Fair is proud.”
“To be able to play your first major league game in your hometown in front of your family, friends and old teammates, and then go 2-for-5 with two doubles, then jump on a plane and head to Boston to play at Fenway Park, then on to Yankee Stadium to play the Yankees—you couldn’t have scripted it any better,” Pope said. “I’m so happy for him and his family. I couldn’t be more proud.”
As a Cy-Fair High School senior, Robbie Grossman signed with the University of Texas baseball team, but opted to play professionally when he was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.