Highlights of a live chat with Trayvon Robinson
Rainiers outfielder Trayvon Robinson talks about muscle cars, playing for the Mariners and more in a live chat with readers.
Highlights of a live chat with Tacoma Rainiers outfielder Trayvon Robinson, who talked with readers Thursday.
Q: What was your favorite moment being with Seattle last year?
Robinson: The first day. I got a hit and robbed Torii Hunter — I didn't know I caught the ball. I think for me to get comfortable, to catch the first ball from Vernon Wells, out No. 3 in the first inning, I think, and I felt a little more comfortable after that.
Q: Who has been the toughest pitcher you've faced so far in your career?
Robinson: That first day when I faced Jered Weaver in the big leagues, that was pretty tough. Big, long guy, his ball moves everywhere.
Q: What are your hobbies during the offseason?
Robinson: I love muscle cars. I try to catch up on a lot of muscle-car stuff ... I have one, but it's actually in the shop right now. It's a '95 Firebird. But my all-time muscle car I would like to have is a 1970 Chevelle, 454, SS, black with white stripes, drop top. I would change the transmission to a six-speed manual. Man, you guys give me chills about that car right now.
Q: Who was your favorite player growing up?
Robinson: My favorite player growing up was Juan Gonzalez with the Texas Rangers. I remember at one point in Little League I tried to hit just like him, batting stance and all. ...
If I ever get a chance to meet him one day, I'll be real nervous.
Q: When you were with the Dodgers, did you get to meet any of their Hall of Fame players?
Robinson: Everybody knows Tommy Lasorda. Tommy, if you were a first-round pick or 50th-round pick or free-agent signing, he loves you like you were his kid. For him to know my name still when I walk by him, that's incredible. I knew Don Newcombe, Sweet Lou Johnson, Maury Wills. ... Tommy Davis.
The one who kind of showed me what his attitude is like was Duke Snider before he passed away. When I met Duke Snider, I introduced myself to him and he told me he was from Compton. I said, 'What? You're from Compton?' I shook his hand and he had big hands, and I asked what kind of bat he swung. He said a 35-35, and he went off on the little bats other people were swinging. I thought, man, I really like this guy.