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Robinson’s moment in the sun

Oct 10, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

Associated Press photo
Frank Robinson received a rousing ovation upon throwing out the first pitch.

The gait was perhaps a bit slower, the gray hair perhaps a bit thinner, the No. 20 Nationals jersey perhaps a bit more snug. But there was something both familiar and comforting when Frank Robinson walked to the mound this afternoon before a sellout crowd at Nationals Park, invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the franchise's first-ever home playoff game.

Today's game was first and foremost a celebration of the 2012 Nationals and their NL East title. But it was also a celebration of how the organization reached this point, and surely an appropriate opportunity to recognize this team's first manager.

"It was delightful, quite an honor," Robinson said later during a visit. I enjoyed doing it. And I thanked the Lerner family for asking me to do it."

Though he had made a couple of unofficial visits to Nationals Park over the last five seasons, Robinson had never formally returned or appeared on the field in front of fans, the result of lingeringRead more »

  1. BigCat - Oct 10, 2012 at 7:55 PM

    Frank……great player and a classy guy. Will always remember when Soriano said he wasn't going to play left field. Frank said "Ok, your suspended without pay." He played left field that year

  2. William O. Douglas Loeffler - Oct 10, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    You are a good man. I loved your play in the seventy-one series.

  3. natsfan1a - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Sorry to have missed everyone. My husband didn't get home until 11:30, then we got stuck in traffic on our way to the Metro. Got to the park around 12:45 or so. Did get to cheer from the CF plaza as they did the team intros and Frank threw out the first pitch, then headed up to our seats.

  4. NatsFanSinceStart - Oct 10, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Pure Class. Thank you, Frank, for all you've done for the Baseball and for the Nationals.Thank you to the Lerner Family for always being classy and thoughtful.

  5. mick - Oct 11, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Class act all the way, God Bless you Frank





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