June 28, 1992, in the midst of a 7-6 Indians win. Baerga was wiped out at second on a double play twice that day and was also caught stealing, but he did go 3-for-4 with two RBI. Robbie was 1-for-5 with a double in a losing effort.
1. Roberto comes from a baseball family, as father Sandy Sr. played second base and shortstop for 15 seasons for the Angels and five other teams. Brother Sandy Jr. was a catcher for 20 years for the Indians and six other teams. Roberto and Sandy, Jr. were teammates in Cleveland (1999-2000) and with the White Sox (2003-2004).
2. You might remember Alomar's most infamous on-field moment. On September 27, 1996, umpire John Hirschbeck called the Orioles second baseman out on strikes and Roberto argued vehemently. As manager Davey Johnson tried to restrain the irate Alomar, he spat on the umpire. Robbie claimed that Hirschbeck had uttered a racial slur, and claimed that the ump had been embittered by his son's death from the disease known as ALD. Roberto was ultimately suspended for five games and made a $50,000 donation to ALD research, and he and Hirschbeck later reconciled.
3. Roberto had many superlative postseason performances, highlighted by his effort in the 1993 World Series against the Phillies: .480/.519/.640, with 12 hits in 25 at-bats. He drove in six runs and stole four bases in the series.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Have you ever heard a player described as the kind of guy you'd hate if he played for someone else, but someone you'd love if he played for your own team? That's how I felt about Alomar. I couldn't stand him when he was with the Jays, but I sure didn't mind him when he was helping the Orioles reach the postseason in 1996 and 1997.
Bill James Said: "His possibilities are endless-could get 4,000 hits or 400 homers or steal a thousand bases." Of course, Roberto did none of the above, as his last good season came at 33 and he was out of baseball at 36. Still, 2,724 hits (.300/.371/.443), 210 home runs, and 474 steals, along with 10 Gold Gloves, were enough to get him to Cooperstown.
On This Date in 1993: August 5. Your humble blogger celebrated his 11th birthday. If I recall correctly, my parents gave me a box of 1993 Topps Series Two...36 packs of cards to rip = the gift that keeps on giving!