As I rejoice in the Blue Jays Opening Series three game sweep of the defending champion Boston Red Sox, I am reminded of a past Blue Jay great.
Roberto Alomar, a man who facilitated many three game sweeps in his day. The only current player, or in the last 15 years, that I can compare him to, is Jose Reyes of the Mets. A guy that can give you everything; defense, speed, homers, hit for an average … everything. That is what Alomar was for the Jays when he came over in 1991, with Joe Carter. On Friday, he was honored in the Blue Jays level of excellence and deservably so. I still remember the 1992 ALCS, and his game 4 homer in the 9th, off the toughest pitcher in game at that time, Dennis Eckersly. An improbable homer that really lifted us to the World Series and probably beyond. Alomar’s black eye paint, dirt stained pants, coming up bigtime clutch in the hot California sun. Oh ya, he was a GAMER. Sorry Jose Reyes, but you are going to have to prove yourself a little bit more, before you can be compared to on Alomar’s level.
Alomar stole most of his bases as a Jay, he later developed into a more premier hitter with Baltimore and Cleveland. However, for the two years that the Jays won back-to-back World Series, there was no question that Alomar was the most outstanding player on the field. Heres to you Robbie, “Catch the Taste” like in the popular McCain frozen concentrated orange juice commercial, that was so near and dear to our hearts in those days. lol.
So, I brought my broom to the park today, taking a risk, I know, but it payed off. Big Frank Thomas with a massive grand slam in the 6th inning. I went crazy!! I was sitting in front of the Jose Calderon, Carlos Delfino, Jamario Moon and other Raptors. Kind of cool, hope they do well in the playoffs. Anyway, looks like a promising year for the Jays, more on them and my food of the week in my next blog. You don’t want to miss it.