The combination of hitting, defense and speed (296 career steals) has positioned Alomar to reach his ultimate goal: induction into the Hall of Fame. In the meantime he strives for modest achievements, such as the one he accomplished this winter. He got nine hits in his last 15 at bats for San Juan to win the Puerto Rican batting title, which his father had once won. The Alomars and the Cepedas, Pedro and Orlando, are the only father-son tandems to have won batting titles in Puerto Rico.
"He's what great players eventually become, but he's been that way since he first stepped onto a major league field," says Stewart. "Defensively, it's like there are five or six of him out there, not one. My only problem with him is the game's so easy for him, sometimes he gets bored."
But that may change this season, now that he's in Baltimore, back with a contender. Alomar begins this new phase of his career in his prime, at the peak of his skills and with a rich, new contract. Life is great. As he walked beside El Morro, with the ocean behind him, a photographer asked him for a big smile. Alomar raised both arms, looked skyward and said, jokingly, "I am God."
Then he laughed the laugh of a man who has it all.