December 5th 1990 is a date that stands out in the minds of many Toronto Blue Jays fans. It is a date with almost as much importance to the franchise as October 24th 1992 and October 23rd 1993 when the Jays won their back-to-back World Series titles. On this date, the Jays made the decision to trade slugger Fred McGriff and slick-fielding shortstop Tony Fernandez to the San Diego Padres for outfielder Joe Carter and second baseman Roberto Alomar. The decision could, in some Toronto fans minds, be one of the greatest in the franchise’s history. The sacrifice of McGriff and Fernandez was frowned upon at first, but fan’s minds would be changed as time went on.
Carter became a dominant run-producing force in the Jays’ line-up and was the man whose hit was “heard round the world” when the Jays took home the ’93 title. Alomar would go on to become one of the most memorable players in franchise history, changing the way people looked at the second base position in Toronto forever.
This Sunday July 24th 2011 will be a new date that is cemented into the classification of “defining moment” for the Jays franchise. The first ever Blue Jays inductee will enter in Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame and that player will be none other then Alomar himself.
Classified by some as one of the greatest second baseman of all-time, Alomar will step foot into Cooperstown at 1:00 p.m. EST and Blue Jays fans everywhere will surely be tuned in to watch the memorable moment. He will enter the hall along with former Jays executive Pat Gillick and pitcher Bert Blyleven. The day will be also be a great one for Gillick, the general manager behind championship teams in Toronto and Philadelphia, and Blyleven, who waited 14 years to be inducted into the hall.
Alomar’s name is synonymous with the Toronto franchise. Some of his best years in baseball came in the city. His outstanding defensive play combined with his knack for clutch play made him one of the most exciting athletes to grace the astro turf field of the Skydome, now the Rogers Centre.
Even amongst controversy, such as the spitting incident with umpire John Hirschbeck and court cases involving ex-girlfriend Ilya Dall and wife Maria Del Pilar “Maripily” Rivera Alomar, Roberto has remained a baseball fan favourite and has earned the right to enter the hall with his spectacular career in baseball.
As well as entering the hall on Sunday, Alomar will have his #12 retired by the Jays franchise on July 31st at the Rogers Centre. The Jays have never retired a player’s number in franchise history.
Published by Suite 101
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