"I'm thankful that they want me to be here, but I'm really just trying to keep my head down and play baseball," Bregman said. "Just worried about playing the game and what happens in between the white lines, and that's it."
The fans' hype wasn't without merit, though. Bregman hit .333 with six home runs and six doubles over 18 games with Triple-A Fresno before coming to Houston. Their wish came true Sunday evening, when Astros manager A.J. Hinch announced Bregman had been called up and would make his debut Monday.
Now that the question of "when" has been answered, the next question is "where." The Astros have a crowded infield with the addition of Bregman, who primarily plays shortstop and third base, but he can also play in the outfield.
"I'll play wherever," Bregman said. "Like I said, I just want to help this team win. I'm here to just keep my mouth shut, try and win games. That's it. I don't care where I play, and wherever I do play, I'll play hard and give everything I got."
"The way our team will open our arms to him and invite him into the circle is pretty impressive," Hinch said.
After being called up, Bregman flew from Fresno to Houston, where he was greeted with a night of fun, food, video games and pool at shortstop Carlos Correa's house.
"Alex landed and [Correa] texted Alex, told him to come over," pitcher Lance McCullers said. "[Bregman] ate some food and then played Carlos in UFC twice and lost twice."
For the Astros' sake, hopefully the often-confident Bregman is a little more successful at playing baseball than video games.
"I'm not going to win games by talking about it," Bregman said. "Just by doing it."
Luckily, he'll have some help from his teammates.
"Oh, I'm gonna mess with him, for sure," outfielder George Springer said of Bregman's debut. "You gotta do anything you can to keep the mood light and just to keep him relaxed."
Jordan Ray is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.