wow---wish I could have went to the cermony today... Earl Weaver, one of the best ever... one of the first to use data, to match the player to the situation--- nothing funnier than seeming him charge out of the dugout, to challenge a umpire--- THE STATUE, a well deserved tribute !!
GO O'S !!!
Earl was my favorite Oriole manager but the problem with a "life-size" statue of him is that it might be confused with a bobblehead.
I hope management has taken that matter into consideration. :)
"I hope management has taken that matter into consideration. :)"
Palmer said Earl's statue was going to be larger than life so it looks like they did. Earl will tower over everyone else with a 7ft statue.
But with the statue unveiling pushed back thanks to Fox, to when the sun and heat are at their worst I hope they have some tents set up on the field for elderly attending, rather than having them sit out in the sun.
There was shade at the statue unveiling and on the field it wasn't an issue. I guess Earl's still as fiery as the sun so they balance each other out.
"a "life-size" statue of him is that it might be confused with a bobblehead."
Man, you're killin' me. Looks like the ceremony was very cool and great to see the other guys (sans Brooks) in attendance. Hoping Brooks is doing alright. Planning to get back there for Cal's statue unveiling.
I had the opportunity to visit the statue garden prior to Sunday's game and get a good look at Earl's statue.
My compliments to the sculptor, who I think captured Earl perfectly. He is depicted standing with his hands on his hips, staring upward with a look on his face that says, clearer than any words could express it, how utterly incredulous he is over what the umpire just said to him.
I liked the sculpture of Frank Robinson, too, as the sculptor took care to include the high-stirruped socks that were a trademark of Frank's. Frank is shown following through on a swing, looking upward to follow the flight of the ball.
Although I have to give the sculptor the benefit of the doubt and assume that he has depicted a moment when Frank has just hit the ball so hard that he knows, without a doubt, it's going to leave the yard. Frank always played the game hard. If he didn't know the ball was going out, he would have been putting his head down and running as hard as he could go. He wouldn't have stood there and watched it.
Ha! i wonder how much that vinyl goes for in mint.
They call him Earl Weaver, the Earl of Bal-ti-MOOAAARR!