In baseball, hitting a home run is applauded. Conversely, in the world of unprotected sex when one possesses full blown AIDS, it's frowned upon.
Over the course of 17 MLB seasons, Roberto Alomar tagged 2,724 hits. But tagging his girlfriend and hitting her with the fatal disease would truly put the perennial All-Star second baseman in a league of his own.
According to the New York Daily News, Roberto Alomar even insisted on having unprotected sex with ex-girlfriend Ilya Dall, 31, despite his illness.
The shocking claim was leveled by Dall in a lawsuit in which she alleges she lived with the ex-Met for three years and watched in horror as his health worsened.
All of a sudden, Alex Rodriguez's steroid tests seem rather mundane.
Dall said Alomar got tested in January 2006 while suffering from a cough and fatigue: "The test results of him being HIV-positive was given to him and the plaintiff on or about February 6, 2006," the $15 million negligence suit says.
Alomar's skin had turned purple, he was foaming at the mouth and a spinal tap "showed he had full-blown AIDS," the lawsuit claims. Alomar, 41, who quit baseball over health issues in 2005, could not be reached for comment.Ilya Dall, a mother of two who has run a massage spa in Queens, would not discuss it. "I have no comment," she said outside her lavish home in Whitestone, Queens.
Alomar's lawyer, Charles Bach, would not say whether Alomar is HIV-positive.
"These allegations are baseless," Bach said. "He's healthy and would like to keep his health status private. We'll do our talking in court."
Alomar's father, Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar, said the claims were news to him" "That's the first time we ever heard of that," he said from Puerto Rico.
The court papers outline the couple's relationship, starting in 2002.
A month after they began dating, Robert Alomar convinced Ilya Dall to have unprotected sex and assured her he was disease-free, the suit alleges.
In 2004, Dall says she noticed cold sores in his mouth.
In 2005, after a physical ordered by the Tampa Bay Rays, he was diagnosed with thrombocytopenia purpura, a blood disorder sometimes linked to HIV.
The doctor told him to have an HIV test and he refused, she says, stating he had been tested and was AIDS-free.
In April 2005, Roberto Alomar told Ilya Dall he was suffering from erectile dysfunction and confided "he was raped by two Mexican men after playing a ballgame in New Mexico or a Southwestern state when he was 17," the suit says.
It goes on to say that around the same time Alomar developed a persistent cough and was bedridden with extreme fatigue. He developed thrush, a yeast infection, and was told by a doctor to take an HIV test - but refused.
"I don't have HIV," he told her repeatedly, the suit charges.
A few months later, the couple moved to Cleveland, where Alomar supposedly tested positive. Dall claims that after she learned Alomar had AIDS, she tested negative and no longer had unprotected sex with him.
They broke up last October.
She is demanding at least $15 million in punitive damages, claiming Alomar caused her emotional distress and exposed her children to the virus.
"He jeopardized the health, well-being and life of the plaintiff, which caused her to have a fear of contracting AIDS, often referred to as AIDS phobia," the suit says.
Roberto Alomar doesn't have much to cheer about these days.