Yesterday morning I published my little Uni Watch tribute to Brooks Robinson, who died on Tuesday. Last night the Orioles had their own tribute for him, and it was impressive. For starters, fans who want to visit Robinson’s statue inside Oriole Park (shown above) can do so from 7am until four hours before first pitch, each day from now through Sunday — a very nice gesture.
Also: Fans attending last night’s game saw Robinson’s number five painted on the grass behind third base:
If they then turned their gaze toward the outfield, they saw that No. 5 had also been added to the warehouse beyond the right field wall:
Looking around the ballpark, they could then see that black trim had been added to Robinson’s retired number icon:
In addition, all Orioles players wore a “5” on their sleeve last night. Like many other MLB teams, the O’s have put their team-logo patch on the non-front-facing sleeve this season in order to keep the front-facing sleeve free for an eventual ad patch. Since they still haven’t added an ad, the “5” went on each player’s front-facing sleeve:
A more conventional memorial patch will reportedly be announced today and will be worn into the postseason (and, I bet, next season). The team is currently using a simple black-circle “5” as its social media avatar, so that’s probably what the patch will be:
Classy stuff all around.
The Orioles beat the Nats last night, reducing their magic number for clinching the American League East to one. They’re a fun team — I’m hoping they get to wear that new memorial patch deep into the postseason.