Friday, February 16, 2007

Frank, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn

Frank Robinson, former manager of the Nats, has declined the team's offer of a Frank Robinson Day to honor his many contributions to the game of baseball.

Anyone wanna check the Pro-Am Golf Tourney calendar for May 20? Perhaps the appearance fee they were offering wasn't high enough? Perhaps he's just too full of pride to do something on behalf of an ownership group that, for whatever reason, backed down from what they said they'd do?

Frank was a helluva player, and a true pioneer in the game. You can make a convincing case that he's had the greatest career in baseball of anyone ever.

But getting rid of him on the field was the right decision.

And although Stan Kasten has repeatedly declined to give a reason as to why he was let go, he has said that there were things that changed his mind, so presumably it wasn't a decision made lightly, particularly given the backlash.

All that being said, it's a loss for Frank. The fans -- even I -- appreciate what he's done. And he's missing out on a chance to feel the love for one last day. And he's depriving the fans of the right to honor him. That's a shame.

  • Here's my favorite Frank Robinson moment from 2006.

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