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Sport's Spitting Scandals

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Roberto Alomar's Nasty Habit

Roberto Alomar is remembered not only for being one of the greatest second basemen ever, but as the player who spit in the face of umpire John Hirschbeck in 1996. Alomar claimed Hirschbeck caused the incident by muttering a racial slur. Alomar also said Hirschbeck was bitter because the ump’s son died of ALD and another was recently diagnosed.

After hearing Alomar’s comments about his family, Hirshbeck was furious and had to be physically restrained. Alomar was suspended for the first five games of the 1997 season. After donating $50,000 to ALD research, the two spoke and put the incident behind them.

Alomar addressed what happened at his retirement, "That, to me, is over and done. It happened over nine years ago. We are now great friends. We have done some things with charity. God put us maybe in this situation for something. But I think people who know me, people who have had the chance to be with me on the same team, know what kind of person I am. Anything I ever did wrong, I would confront it and now it is OK."

(AP Photo/Dave Hammond)

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