Roberto Alomar enters the Hall of Fame
On a breezy Sunday afternoon in Cooperstown, Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, and Pat Gillick entered into the MLB Hall of Fame. Roberto Alomar was a career .300 hitter, 12-time All-Star and 10 time Gold-Glove 2nd baseman. He became the third Puerto-Rican to be enshrined in the prestigious HOF behind Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Clemente.
“I always played for my island,” Alomar said, dozens of Puerto Rican flags blowing in a gentle breeze on a sunny afternoon. “It is a true blessing to be able to share this moment with all of you. I have you in my heart. I am standing here today because of the fan support.”
“To my family, to my fans, to all the Puerto Rican people … and the game of baseball, you are and will always be my life and my love.”
“My mom is the most wonderful person in my life,” Alomar said as he looked down at his mother, her teary face buried in a handkerchief. “She gave me love. She took me to the ballpark, even though I was a little boy running around, hanging around.
Mom, thank you for everything that you have done for me. If I’m standing here today, it’s because of you.
“And to my parents, thank you for teaching me how to be a humble person. That’s what counts.” – foxsports
Bert Blyleven pitched 22 years in the majors. He was the curveball expert, getting two World Series rings (’79 Pirates, ’87 Twins), 287 wins, 3,701 K’s, and 60 shut-outs. His father died of Parkinson’s in 2004, so he dedicated his speech to him.
“I wish he was here,” said Blyleven, who in the past had regretted not being selected for the Hall while his father was still alive. “But you know, mom, I know he’s up there looking down right now. Mommy, I love you.”
“I know in my heart that Harmon Killebrew, Willie Stargell, Bob Feller, Chuck Tanner and Kirby Puckett are looking down at all of us right now,” Blyleven said, adding a special thought for Hall of Famer Gary Carter, who’s battling brain cancer. “Gary, keep battling the way that you always have.” – espn
Pat Gillick, a former minor league pitcher, was the General Manager for four different franchises. He posted winning records 20 of his 27 seasons, and led his teams to the post-season 11 times. Under his guidance, the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1992 and 1993, and the Philadelphia Phillies won in 2008.
“It was pretty clear my arm wasn’t going to get me to the majors,” Gillick said. “Then I guess luck took over.” – foxsports