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As a result, Omar always seeks to give back to the community. "Omar loves people," said Allen Davis, director of community relations for the Indians. "It's genuine. It's Page 13 Omar takes time to talk to young fans. " Davis assists players with their personal appearances. His phone does not stop ringing with requests for Omar. "He's one of the few guys who keeps a calendar in his locker," Davis told Steve Herrick of Indians Game Face magazine. "He writes all of his appearances down. He has a very strong sense of responsibility.
The Orioles argued that Omar fouled off the pitch and, therefore, the run should not have scored. At least one Oriole, catcher Lenny Webster, claimed that Omar later admitted that he tipped the ball. If Omar thought Page 52 so, he never said so publicly. "I missed it," he said a thousand times. It was the best Omar ever felt about not doing his job correctly. The victory gave the Indians a 2-1 lead in the series, which they eventually won in six games. In the 1995 World Series, Omar said the Braves taught the Indians how to lose.
The other sports were fun, but baseball was his game. His father, Omar, played at the semipro level in Venezuela. The elder Vizquel began working with his son when Omar was eight years old. By the time he was 14, Omar had made baseball a priority. Omar also looked up to Venezuelan major-league shortstops Luis Aparicio and Dave Concepcion, who were idolized by countless other youngsters in the country. At his first pro tryout, Omar remembered there being four third basemen, four second basemen, three first basemen and 15 shortstops.
Omar Vizquel: The Man with the Golden Glove by Dennis Manoloff, Rob Rains