Orioles: Alomar and then some
It's not an accident that there was no comment here about Roberto Alomar yesterday, and it wasn't because I was too busy to get around to it or too lazy to tackle a tough issue. I really didn't know what to think and I'm still not sure what to say.
When Alomar (left) was playing for the Orioles, I was the national baseball writer for The Sun and, frankly, I didn't have a great relationship with him. We tangled over a couple of issues related to his behavior both on and off the field, though obviously nothing related to the possibility -- claimed in a lawsuit filed by his ex-girlfriend -- that he is in the advanced stages of AIDS.
Frankly, he just seemed like a big, immature kid, but there never seemed to be any malice in him and you couldn't deny the Hall of Fame talent. Since we're talking about a health issue here, there's no reason for this week's revelation to affect his chances of getting into Cooperstown, and I hope he's healthy enough to enjoy the occasion when he gets elected in the next few years.
I don't have to tell anybody it has been a very strange month so far in sports, especially here in the Baltimore area, from the Michael Phelps bong photo to the Michael Bogdan/Larry Bigbie steroid expose by The Smoking Gun to former Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada pleading guilty yesterday to lying to congressional investigators. And, of course, this, though I hope and pray Robbie is okay.
Hopefully, it really is darkest before the dawn, because they're going to break out the bats and balls this weekend and we can only hope that things can not get any worse.
Tonight on WBAL: Former Orioles executive Jim Duquette will join me in studio for a special Sportsline spring training preview starting at 6 p.m. Go to 1090 AM or go to WBAL.com and click on the "Listen Live" icon.
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