Alomar Inducted into Hall of Fame
His induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame is not only a great and memorable moment in the life of Roberto Alomar, but is a moment of pride for every Puerto Rican and those of Puerto Rican descent. He is the third Puerto Rican to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, and was preceded by Roberto Clemente, who was inducted in 1973, and Orlando Cepeda in 1999. Flags flew high in streets of Cooperstown, U.S.A., while thousands of fans arrived on Sunday, strolling through the stalls and stands, ready to celebrate the induction with Alomar.
Born in Ponce on 5 February 1968, Roberto Alomar grew up in the town of Salinas, in Puerto Rico. He is considered one of the best second basemen that has ever existed in the history of baseball. No other second baseman has won as many Golden Gloves as Alomar, who has raked in ten during his career, and also added four Silver Slugger Awards to his collection. The teams he played for included the San Diego Padres (1888 – 1990), Toronot Blue Jays (1991 – 1995), Baltimore Orioles (1996 – 1998), Cleveland Indians (1999 – 2001), New York Mets (2002 – 2003), Chicago White Sox (2003), Arizona Diamondbacks (2004) and for the Chicago White Sox (2004). He was selected for the All Stars twelve years consecutively, from 1990 to 2001, and was also World Series Champion in 1992 and 1993. Success in the sport of baseball seems to have run in the family, with his brother, Sandy Jr. finding greatness as a Major League All Star catcher, and is father, Sandy Alomar Sr., being the bench coach for the New York Mets.
Almost five hundred loyal fans made their way from Salinas to attend this prestigious event, and when he finally made his appearance, the crowd of thousands, erupted in cheers. As a green flag from Salinas was handed to Alomar by a fan, the crowd grew even louder in appreciation, and shared the induction to the Baseball Hall of Fame as enthusiastically as Alomar himself, proving that he had become a role model for many and a supported sportsman who will be remembered for many years to come.