Vistas and vacuums
Larry from York, Pa., asks on my MLBlog comments if York can build a stadium and survive financially. I don’t think that there is any doubt the York area can support a team. Look at what has happened in Lancaster. It’s been amazing over there — 6,700 on Opening Day on May 11. They have been drawing great crowds. You have to look at it this way — it is a great way to bring a community together. The ballpark will be the largest gathering place for the community in the York area. That’s what it’s all about — family outings and kids. The biggest thing is that they found a location on Arch Street and I think it is going to be great. I’ve seen how the stadium is going to look if it gets built and I think it is going to come to fruition.
If it happens to be independent league baseball — that’s fine, too. Fans are going to see good baseball. I’d say that 95 percent of the people who come to the ballpark come for the entertainment. With Minor Leagues, the price is right. I think it is an outing for the whole family.
THE HUMAN VACUUM CLEANER
Kevin asks about a photo he has called The Human Vacuum Cleaner. That is a unique way to sign something. Lee May of the Cincinnati Reds said after the 1970 World Series, "Man, that guy is like a human vacuum cleaner down there." I get many requests to sign "Human Vacuum Cleaner." It took me a while to learn how to spell vacuum. I do sign a lot of photos like that. If you have one, I believe it is authentic. You can find various signed memorabilia through my official site at brooksrobinson.com.
BECKY ON RAFAEL PALMEIRO
Becky says that Raffy has been maybe the most consistent player in the league during his tenure. Becky, I think he may have had a little help, too.