COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- It was a day for families on Saturday as the inductees readied themselves for entry into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.Bert Blyleven played golf in the morning with his brother, son and brother-in-law, arriving fashionably late for the pre-induction media conference at the Clark Sports Center. "We lost about 20 balls, but we had a good time," Blyleven said. "My son is a terrible golfer, though. Of the 20 balls we lost, 18 were his." Roberto Alomar spent time at the Otesaga Hotel with his mother, Maria, and his ball-playing father and brother, Sandy Sr. and Sandy Jr. "It's a beautiful town. I love this town, I might move here," said Alomar, who hails from Puerto Rico. "Is there a real estate guy here? No really, it's a beautiful place. But I haven't gone out anywhere much. I'm just enjoying the time with my family and my friends and my new family -- the Hall of Fame."
And Pat Gillick walked with his wife among fans, who crowded the baseball memorabilia shops and autograph-signing Hall of Famers, lining Main Street in the tiny village.
Barry M. Bloom is national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.