"I hope people here appreciate how fortunate we've been to have Johnny U. and Brooks as our own, two guys cut from the same cloth - legends in their respective sports who never outgrew Baltimore, never became too big to sign an autograph, talk to fans, invite them to sit down for a beer and a few stories. They're neighbors and friends who just happen to be two of the greatest players at their positions."Part of the mystique of the great old Colts and Orioles teams was the way that the players, even the stars, made themselves a part of the community. They lived in this city, rubbed elbows with the blue-collar workers, even opened restaurants, bars, and other businesses of their own. It truly is remarkable that a number of those guys are still here in Baltimore. In addition to Robinson, Boog Powell and Jim Palmer are still highly visible and accessible. Moreover, Boog and Jim are directly involved with the franchise. We're talking about three of the greatest players in club history, still out there on a regular basis decades after their playing days. There are other Orioles of yesteryear who either settled here (Dick Hall) or work with the team (Rick Dempsey), and they're a living part of the city's - and the O's - history.
If you're an Orioles fan, or even a baseball fan, I hope you get a chance to meet these guys in your lifetime.