Thursday, April 28, 2011

Alomar Gets His Hall Footing


Roberto Alomar was born into a world of baseball.
On Tuesday, April 24, Alomar made his first pilgrimage to the home of baseball – and for Alomar, it felt like he was coming home.
Alomar, one of three members of the Class of 2011 at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, visited Cooperstown for the first time as part of the annual Orientation Tour for new electees. Looking confident and relaxed in blue jeans and a black blazer, Alomar learned about the Hall and the July 22-25 Induction Weekend – when he will return to Cooperstown to be enshrined along with Bert Blyleven and Pat Gillick.
“It’s unbelievable – a dream for me,” said Alomar, whose induction is Sunday, July 24. “Getting to know some of the history of the ballplayers I never saw. When I was a little boy, all I wanted was to play the game of baseball. Now to be here… it’s amazing just to be walking around here.”
As part of the tour, Alomar saw a screening of “The Baseball Experience,” the film that greets Museum visitors as they enter the Hall of Fame. At the end of the film, the 43-year-old Alomar found himself singing along with former Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray during “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

Marilu Lopez Fretts/National Baseball Hall of Fame Library
Roberto Alomar examines Rickey Henderson’s plaque during his orientation Tuesday, April 24.

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