Trayvon Robinson knew before it began that he should appreciate his first big-league game last night, knew that his first night as a Seattle Mariner would be worth remembering - and then he took the field.
"My first at-bat, I was looking at Jered Weaver and when he dropped down it looked like he was throwing the ball from third base," Robinson said today. "Then he threw me a front door slider. I'd never seen that pitch before. It looked off the plate and then ran back across the zone."
Asked about his marvlous home-run-stealing catch, Robinson said at the moment he jumped for the ball he felt his cap come off, then the ball hit his glove for the third out of an inning.
"I caught it and made sure I showed the umpires," Robinson said. "Then I turned around to the crowd and asked a guy, 'Can I have my hat back?' and he was nice and handed it to me. So I handed him the baseball."
And Robinson's first big lead hit?
"I stepped out of the box for a second, told myself to stay on the ball, stay within myself," he said of his single. "When I hit it I was thinking 'Don't catch it, Torii! (Hunter)."
After the game, he watched his catch replayed on ESPN, where it was named the top play of the night.
"I started analyzing how I looked on TV," Robinson said. "I was thinking I looked big."
He fielded telephone calls and texts late into the night. His favorite came from former Triple-A teammate Justin Sellers in Albuquerque.
"He said they got tape of my catch and played it on the big screen in Albuquerque, and I got a standing ovation," Robinson said. "I loved my time playing there."
Any negatives to that first game. Well, a small one.
"Some guy yelled at me from the stands," Robinson said, laughing. "He said 'Your cleats are ugly."