The New Orioles Orioles '94

April 01, 1994

Sid Fernandez

Born in Hawaii and still resides there in the off-season. Is of Portuguese descent. . . . Wears No. 50, as in 50th state. . . . On the quiet side but does flash a sense of humor at times. Showed that side in spring training when he signed some autographs "Don Ho." . . . Enjoys scuba diving and used to be a surfer. Gave up the latter hobby after a close call with a wave. . . . Had nickname "El Sid" during years with Mets.

Rafael Palmeiro

Grew up near Miami Stadium and watched Orioles spring training workouts. . . . Eighth Cuban-born player on all-time Orioles roster and first since left-hander Mike Cuellar. . . . Was reunited two years ago with brother Jose, who remained in Cuba when the rest of the family came to Miami in 1971. They spent one week together in 1992 and have not seen each other since. "At first it was like meeting a new stranger. Then, after we had a chance to spend some time together, we felt like brothers," Palmeiro said. . . . He and his wife, Lynne, have one son. They reside in Arlington, Texas.

Chris Sabo

Born and raised in Detroit. Huge fan of the Tigers as a child. Baltimore native Al Kaline was his favorite player. . . . A University of Michigan alumnus, but not a fanatical Wolverines basketball supporter. "I root for them," he said. "But I'm not a die-hard fan. I don't like the way they act on the court sometimes. Too cocky." . . . Avid reader of history books on baseball and on war. . . . Had the nickname "Spuds" in Cincinnati because of likeness to the Budweiser dog by the same name. . . . He and his wife, Susan, have one daughter.

Lee Smith

Describes himself as a loner but has an engaging personality. Leads the team in smiles. . . . Warded off attempts in Chicago to be given nickname "Big Daddy" because he felt it belonged to the original "Big Daddy," Rick Reuschel. Prefers nickname "Big Nasty," given to him by the St. Louis Cardinals' trainers. It is a reference to his slider. . . . Never has partaken in players' NCAA basketball tournament pool because, he says, he does not enjoy wagering of any kind. . . . He and his wife, Diane, have two daughters and a son.

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