Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 4/8/12

With the Toronto Blue Jays in town for opening weekend, a familiar face has returned to Progressive Field. Now-utility infielder Omar Vizquel, who turns 45 later this month, appeared in Thursday’s Opening Day as a late-inning defensive replacement. Before the game, however, he chatted with 92.3 The Fan’s Daryl Ruiter about a possible future with his old team:

 “I wanted to be part of the organization before,” Vizquel said. “Obviously this business takes you to different places and you don’t know where you’re going to be the next day.

“The Indians have a special place in my heart.”

Specifically, Ruiter paraphrased Vizquel in saying that he would like to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Sandy Alomar Jr, the current Tribe bench coach. In the rest of the article, Vizquel addressed his thoughts on an eventual retirement, why he thought this Opening Day was particularly special, why he cherishes his Cleveland memories and if he thinks he is worthy of the Hall of Fame.

SportsTimeOhio displayed a graphic during Thursday’s broadcast saying that Vizquel started the most consecutive home openers for the Indians in Progressive Field history. He started 11 straight from 1994-2004, and Travis Hafner now sits one back with his stretch of 10 straight from 2003-2012.

Source: [Daryl Ruiter, 92.3 The Fan]

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