The day started off cloudy and chilly this afternoon; however, it became sunny and a lot warmer once Brooks Robinson took center stage in York, Pa., this afternoon at Sovereign Bank Stadium.
Today, Oriole legend and Hall of Famer was honored up north today as a statue of his likeness when he was in the minors as a member of the York White Roses was unveiled this afternoon.
The event kicked off the York Revolution Fan Fest, and it seemed like a large chunk of fans who came from nearby and also far away huddled around the stadium plaza to celebrate not only a great ballplayer, but an immaculate man as well.
Dignitaries who attended the event included Lorann Jacobs, Artist and creator of the statue, Peter Kirk, Chairman of Opening Day Partners, Jon Danos, President of Opening Day Partners, Joe Musso, York City Official and John Krout, Chair of YCIDA.
Before the statue was unveiled, there was proclamation of “Brooks Robinson Way” in front of the stadium by Joe Musso, then Brooks spoke to the crowd for a few minutes and saw the display for the first time. He looked moved and also pleasantly surprised by the quality and workmanship of Ms. Jacobs design.
Robinson spent a few minutes and talked about what the city of York meant to his career, thanked his peers and also the legion of fans that showed up. Finally, he gave a warm embrace to his family that was there in attendance to honor him, especially his wife, Connie, whom he publicly thanked in a simple, but touching embrace.
At the end of the event, he spent a good fifteen minutes interviewing with the media and posing for pictures; thereafter, spent he another fifteen to twenty minutes having a meet and greet with fans, as well as signing dozens upon dozens of autographs for those who wanted it.
Brooks Robinson Statue Unveiling: Sovereign Bank Stadium; April 5, 2008
After the statue unveiling, fans flocked into the Sovereign Bank Stadium to check out York Revolution Fan Fest. Here are some pictures of the event:
York Revolution Fan Fest: Sovereign Bank Stadium; April 5, 2008