Well-wishes were streaming in Saturday for Orioles legend Brooks Robinson, who's recuperating at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after becoming ill this week.
The hospital has set up an email address for people to send notes to Robinson, who was scheduled for an outpatient procedure on Thursday, but was instead hospitalized, suffering a fever and infection. Hospital officials say emailed notes to Robinson and his family have been pouring into email@example.com.
"On Friday night, we printed 100 email messages, put them in a binder and the hospital's chaplain, Joe Hart, delivered the binder of notes to Brooks and his wife," says GBMC spokesman Michael Schwartzberg. " 'Joe tells me, '[Brooks] was absolutely delighted. When the nurse encouraged him to sleep, he responded, 'Yes I will, but first I want to enjoy this wonderful gift.'"
Schwartzberg said there were 58 more messages as of 8 a.m. Saturday morning, for a total of 158 messages less than 24 hours since they created the address.
"I think this speaks volumes about how much Brooks Robinson is loved and revered in this town," he said.
The Hall of Famer, who's 73, played for the Orioles from 1955-77.
Late Friday, Robinson released a message for his fans.
"I had a successful procedure yesterday to relieve the symptoms of the infection," he said. "The doctors are optimistic that the inflammation and infection will be completely cleared by the end of the weekend and they can move forward with my originally scheduled routine procedure early next week."
"I continue to be in the expert care of the doctors, nurses and staff at Greater Baltimore Medical Center and continue to move forward to a complete recovery. Thank you again for your prayers and outpouring of support."
Robinson had been scheduled to appear today to sign autographs and greet fans at Dugout Zone in Ellicott City. That appearance has been postponed.