Just under a year ago, I made the first post on this blog. Roberto Alomar had just been hit with a lawsuit alleging he was infected with H.I.V. and was either knowingly or unknowingly but stupidly spreading the disease.
Steering clear of the whole legal debate, I bemoaned the fact that the controversy might cost Alomar a shot at being enshrined in the Hall of Fame. This would, of course, also cost the Blue Jays the chance to have their first player honoured in Cooperstown.
The complainant turned out to be a crank, but the BBWAA still didn’t elect Alomar to the Hall of Fame.
I doubt it did, but I really hope that the controversy didn’t take any votes from the real GBOAT. I suspect a few votes for Alomar were held back either because “he spit on an ump,” or “he just doesn’t deserve to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.” Neither argument really holds any water, but that’s all I can think of explain the lack of votes.
Normally I don’t care about the Hall of Fame inductions. I have trouble getting worked up about writers arguing with each other. But this year is different. This is one of my childhood heroes. Remembering all he did on the field — especially that ALCS home run off Eckersley — I can’t help but get a bit excited.
Next year, Robbie. Next year.
P.S. Congrats to Andre Dawson. Whether you think he deserves the honour or not, I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for the Expos, so I’m happy with that.