On April 3, 1989, a promising and future Hall of Fame infielder named Roberto Alomar reached base four times for the Padres. It was his first Opening Day game. Playing at home against the Giants, Alomar walked on four pitches in the first inning and then scored; he had an RBI single the next inning; and he walked in the fourth and ninth innings.
Such Opening Days were fairly standard for a generation of fans. Alomar was a sign of the game’s return, first for the Padres and then the Blue Jays, among seven clubs he played for in his 17-year Major League career. He was an All-Star for 12 consecutive seasons, from 1990-2001.
Alomar’s final Opening Day game was April 6, 2004, batting second for Arizona at home against Colorado. Alomar walked twice, as he had in his first Opening Day appearance 15 years earlier. In 2011, he was inducted at Cooperstown. Times change, the players change, but Opening Day goes on as we approach Major League Baseball’s Opening Series on March 22 in Sydney, Australia. MLB Schedule | Tickets
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