Sunday, July 24, 2011

Canadian flavor at Cooperstown!

Two of the most famous Toronto Blue Jays ever were inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame today. Congratulations Roberto Alomar and Pat Gillick!

Alomar also became the third Puerto Rico native to be inducted, following Orlando Cepeda and Roberto Clemente. Pat Gillick became the 32nd executive to be elected to the Hall of Fame and first general manager since George Weiss in 1971.

Meanwhile, former Montreal Expos announcer Dave Van Horne was inducted into the Hall of Fame yesterday.

Baseball sure has an international appeal! Today, pitcher Bert Blyleven became the first Dutchman in the Hall. Canada played a part in his youth after his family immigrated from Holland. They spent time in Montreal and Saskatchewan. Upon entry to Canada, the family name was changed from ‘Bljleven’ to ‘Blyleven,’ which Bert said meant ‘happy life’ in Dutch. Rather ironic that right now in the Canadian Football League, Montreal and Saskatchewan are playing. They have met for the Grey Cup title the last two years with Montreal prevailing as champs both times.