Brooks Robinson went out of his way to thank Peter Angelos and his family for the effort and expense involved in honoring all six of the Orioles greats who are immortalized in bronze on the center field plaza, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ll be seeing him around the ballpark a lot more next year.
There was no sign of the once-strained relationship between Robinson and the club, even when someone asked during Brooks’ news conference if he would like to have a bigger presence with the team in the future. Robinson sidestepped it deftly, focusing entirely on his current role as a partner in the independent York Revolution and three other minor league teams.
“No, not really,’’ he said. “I’m enjoying what I do right now, being part owner of Opening Day Partners. We have four teams (including) Lancaster and York. I broke ground for the new stadium in Lancaster eight years ago, then York. In Southern Maryland there’s a team, and then we have a great team in Texas called the Skeeters down there, the Sugarland Skeeters. They got mosquitoes down there that are, as Boog would say, ‘big as battleships.’
“I’m having too much fun doing that, and I don’t have a lot to do. I entertain people who might want jobs as coaches like Gary Gaetti and Rick Burns down in Sugarland. Roger Clemens threw a couple games there. I’m having fun, so that’s the main thing.”
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