Robinson, Little League team pay visit to O's

Robinson, Little League team pay visit to O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles received some special visitors prior to Saturday's game against the Royals, with both Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson and the Red Land Little League Team on hand at Camden Yards.

Robinson visited in the clubhouse briefly along with his son and grandson.

"Always the highlight. It's like having the Pope visit," manager Buck Showalter said. "He's so humble. Every time he comes in there it's like he feels like he's putting you out by being in there and taking up your time. Most guys of his stature, they really respect what goes on in the locker room, but he does it to a fault. I wish he'd come every day. I'd love to just sit him down in the middle of the locker room and let him talk."

Robinson was last in Baltimore talking to the O's before the 2014 American League Division Series against Detroit.

Red Land LL's first pitch

"He reminded me that we had won three in a row after his visit last year," Showalter said. "That was one of the best pictures we've got in our locker room, that time with him here. He seems to always have time for everybody. Quite a pull on him."

Robinson was among those who met with the Little League team from Lewisberry, Pa., which advanced to the World Series earlier this year. Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop gave them a bat and some batting gloves, with Manny Machado, Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens and Mike Wright also on hand. Showalter told the Little Leaguers he was proud of them, as well as to have fun.

The group also got tickets for Saturday's game.

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