May 10, 2002 One of the funniest things I can remember about Al, was the time a bunch of us went to a Mexican Restaurant for his birthday when he was playing for the Tides. I have a picture of Angel Salazar sitting next to Al who was wearing a HUGE sombrero while the waiters and waitresses sang happy birthday to him. He was upset that he didn't get to keep the sombrero!
September 24, 2004 Now the Diamondbacks manager. A buddy of mine dubbed him "Awesome Al." I seem to recall McCarver making one of his silly jokes about Al's last name rhyming with Fred Manrique.
October 4, 2004 Another member of the "Can you remember when I was a Met" club. He was a marginal prospect who was with the Mets for a couple of weeks and was then traded for the then useless Bill Almon.
March 15, 2005 He was a 1988 Topps All-Star Rookie, with a little trophy. Ironically, the photo on the card was taken at Shea once he was already on the Pirates.
July 11, 2005 I met Al in 1985 when he was playing for the Tides in Norfolk, VA and I was an usherette at the ball park. He has to be one of the all time nicest guys in baseball. I was with the group mentioned previously by Nancy at the Mexican restaurant that night when we celebrated his birthday. I'm glad to hear that Al has had a successful career as a minor league manager and major league coach. I wish him all the best.
July 21, 2007 I knew Al in Jackson in '81-'83. He is one of the nicest people I ever met. My family had him over to dinner several times as I was friends with his girlfriend at the time. You'll never find a better guy.