If you were planning to attend the scheduled May 12 unveiling of the Brooks Robinson sculpture as part of the Orioles Legends Celebration Series at Camden Yards, you're going to have to rework your calendar.
Because of health issues, Robinson will not be able to participate in the originally scheduled May 12 event. To allow him to participate in the festivities, the Orioles are moving the statue unveiling to Sept. 30, a Saturday home game against the Red Sox on the regular season's final weekend.
"I am sorry I am unable to be there for the originally scheduled unveiling of the Brooks Robinson statue," Robinson said in a team-issued press release. "My wife, family and I have looked forward to this day for a long time. Due to health issues, I am unable to participate at this time. We are grateful that the Orioles have offered to reschedule the unveiling and we look forward to celebrating with you in September."
Here's the good news: If you already had tickets for the May 12 game against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Orioles will permit you to exchange the tickets for the rescheduled Sept. 29 game, or any other non-prime game, at no additional charge. You must make your exchange prior to June 30.
Fans who wish to exchange their tickets may do so at the Orioles box office or send their tickets to Baltimore Orioles, ATTN: May 12 Exchange, 333 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD, 21201. Please allow two to four weeks for processing of mail exchanges.
However, replica Brooks Robinson statues will only be distributed Sept. 29 - all fans in attendance at the game will receive one of the coveted giveaways. The AT&T fans' choice bobblehead giveaway, originally scheduled for Sept. 29, has been moved to Sunday, Sept. 30, with the first 20,000 fans 15 and older receiving the bobblehead.
Tickets for the Sept. 29 game or any other game in the Orioles Legends Celebration Series, as well as a special five-game package, are available for purchase at www.orioles.com/legends. The list of remaining dates is below.
* Saturday, June 30 - Earl Weaver
* Saturday, July 14 - Jim Palmer
* Saturday, Aug. 11 - Eddie Murray
* Thursday, Sept. 6 - Cal Ripken Jr.
* Saturday, Sept. 29 - Brooks Robinson
The Orioles originally planned to unveil the statues in the new center field picnic area in the order in which honorees were inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Frank Robinson's statue ceremony, held Saturday, was the first in the series, and Brooks Robinson's health issues precluded him from attending that ceremony as scheduled. Now, Brooks Robinson's illness has forced the Orioles to change the previously announced schedule and move No. 5's day to Sept. 29.