CHICAGO, JULY 9 -- There is always griping about deserving players who were not selected to play in the All-Star Game. But Tuesday night's 61st renewal at Wrigley Field includes the last-minute inclusion of a most-deserving coach: the San Diego Padres' Sandy Alomar Sr.
With two sons already selected to play in the game, Alomar on Friday was added to the NL roster as a batting-practice pitcher. Today the proud papa was throwing for Roberto, a Padres infielder selected as an NL reserve, and watching Sandy Jr., an Indians catcher voted as an AL starter.
Alomar Sr. is the first former all-star (he played second base in 1970 as a member of the California Angels) to have two sons become all-stars, and this is the first time a father-son combination has participated in the festivities. The Alomars become the second family to have three all-stars. The DiMaggios, with brothers Dom, Vince and Joe, were the first.
"I was going to come anyway," Sandy Sr. said. "Fortunately they invited me instead."
He said "it's not a big thing" to throw batting practice for Roberto since he does that with the Padres. But he said since it was for the All-Star Game, and included Sandy, "this is one of the biggest thrills anybody could ask for in life."
Other first-time all-stars Barry Bonds of the Pittsburgh Pirates (son of Bobby) and Ken Griffey Jr. of the Seattle Mariners (son of Ken Sr.) give this game an all-time total of seven fathers and sons. The other combinations were Gus and Buddy Bell, Ray and Bob Boone, Jim and Mike Hegan, Vern and Vance Law.
There have been seven brother all-star combinations, only three of pitting siblings against each other: the Alomars, Carlos and Lee May in 1969, Jim and Gaylord Perry in 1970. The other brother combinations were Felipe and Matty Alou; Morton and Walker Cooper; and Dixie and Harry Walker.
Sandberg Outslugs All Comers
The NL won today's workout day home run hitting contest, 4-1, as Cubs second baseman Ryne Sandberg hit three in the final round. Giants third baseman Matt Williams and Athletics first baseman Mark McGwire also homered. Those failing to homer included the Pirates' Bobby Bonilla, the Mets' Darryl Strawberry, Griffey Jr., the Tigers' Cecil Fielder and the Athletics' Jose Canseco.
Actor-comedian Bill Murray supplied a running commentary on the public address system during the contest. As Canseco flailed away, Murray chided: "Come on, Jose. You've got to want it, dude." Said Canseco: "We choked. We choked bad, bad, bad."
Weather Presents Gloomy Outlook
The forecast is for rain Tuesday night, and if the game is postponed -- with a makeup on Wednesday -- it would create a logistical nightmare. Games scheduled Wednesday would be rescheduled, according to AL President Bobby Brown. The first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field was rained out, as was the Cubs' home opener. . . .
Orioles President Larry Lucchino, General Manager Roland Hemond, assistant general manager Doug Melvin and Manager Frank Robinson met for three hours today to review the team's first-half performance and discuss the rest of the season. They will discuss the meeting with the media Tuesday.