Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sad news about Robbie Alomar

If true, this is terribly sad (emphasis mine):

Baseball great Roberto Alomar has full-blown AIDS but insisted on having unprotected sex, his ex-girlfriend charged Tuesday in a bombshell lawsuit.

The shocking claim was leveled by Ilya Dall, 31, who said she lived with the ex-Met for three years and watched in horror as his health worsened. In papers filed in state and federal court, Dall said Alomar finally got tested in January 2006 while suffering from a cough, fatigue and shingles.
Alomar, 41, who quit baseball over health issues in 2005, could not be reached for comment.
Also in 2005, Alomar told Dall that when he once was raped by two Mexican men after playing a Ballgame in New Mexico, according to the suit.

Other symptoms began to develop, she says, including erectile dysfunction , a chronic cough, and fatigue.
While I hope it's not true from any number of angles (that he doesn't have AIDS, the rape story, that if he does he didn't do what's alleged), perhaps that explains his precipitous drop off in performance. He batted .336 in his final year with CLE only to slide to .266 in his first year (2002) with the Mets. He batted .258 in 2003, split between the Mets and the WhiteSox.

Alomar's eligible for the Hall of Fame for the first time this year.

UPDATE: If you want to read the whole sordid filing, here it is on The Smoking Gun. Warning: It's ugly.

1 comment:

The Common Man said...

This is terrible news in so many ways. If true, it does explain a lot about his performance though. I hope it's not, of course.