Five thoughts on Sunday's Hall of Fame induction of second baseman Roberto Alomar, starting pitcher Bert Blyleven and general manager Pat Gillick:
1. Baseball's father-son story continues. The bond between fathers and sons has long been celebrated in the game and especially in the last few weeks, with the sad but touching story of the Rangers fan who died while trying to catch a baseball for his son; Tigers catcher Alex Avila made his first All-Star team with his father as the club's assistant general manager; the Yankees fan who caught the home run that was Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit was immediately grabbed by his father for protection; and New York's Robinson Cano winning the Home Run Derby with his father, Jose, as his chosen pitcher.
Sunday's induction ceremony in Cooperstown, N.Y., which was broadcasted on the MLB Network, was no different. In his speech, Alomar noted several of the greats who came before him at second base but said he had seen no better player at the position than his father, former big-leaguer Sandy Alomar. "Everything I know about the game of baseball I learned from my dad," Roberto said in his televised remarks.
Blyleven said how much he'd have loved it if his father, who passed away in 2004, could have been in attendance. His father learned the sport of baseball in order to teach it to his son, and the two would listen to Vin Scully broadcast Dodgers games on the radio. Blyleven said his dad remembered an interview Scully did with Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax -- who was sitting on stage as the story was told -- in with the pitcher said no young boy should throw curveballs before he was 13 or 14, so Bert Blyleven was forbidden from doing so but then tried to copy Koufax's curve, or "the drop," as Scully often called it.