12 Days – Roberto Alomar
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
Who should be No. 11?
You could do some fun ones like Jimmy Rollins or Edgar Martinez. Or you could throw in some Hall Of Famers like Luis Aparicio, Carl Hubbell, or Barry Larkin. Or I think it would be a fitting tribute to do Jim Fregosi or Brad Ausmus in his first season as a manager.
You have provided many interesting choices. My first instinct is between Hubbell and Aparicio. But with the recent passing of Fregosi, I would agree that it would be a fitting choice and memory of a ballplayer and man loved by many.
ROBBY ALOMAR!!! THE BEST!!!!
Alomar very deserving. Would like to have seen the great Tommy Davis get some props.