Visitors to the Orioles’ official website on Thursday morning were greeted by a picture of the nine-foot bronze statue of Brooks Robinson that was unveiled across the street from Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Saturday.
“Statue for Robinson unveiled at Camden Yards,” the website’s main headline read.
In the subheadline below was the following paragraph inviting readers into the story: “The Orioles unveiled a statue honoring Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. A large and spirited crowd attended the dedication ceremony, including Robinson and his wife Connie.”
The only problem is the Orioles didn’t unveil the statue of Brooks Robinson.
The Orioles had nothing to do with the ceremony, actually. A Baltimore businessman named Henry Rosenberg led the effort to raise the $700,000 for the statue, which is erected on a city-owned plaza between Washington Boulevard and Russell Street that is across the street from Camden Yards. Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. Foundation and the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation gave the statue to the city of Baltimore at the ceremony.
The club stayed out of negotiations, Rosenberg told Mike Klingaman of The Baltimore Sun.
The story on the team’s website, written by Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com, states that the statue “was unveiled at Camden Yards,” but correctly notes that it was dedicated by the two foundations.
An item on Page 2 of Sunday's Baltimore Sun Sports section also credited the Orioles with having unveiled the statue.
Reached for a comment on Thursday morning, Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader stated that “[MLB Advanced Media] has control of our website as they do for all 30 teams and we have asked them this morning to change it. We can assure that it will be changed this morning as we noticed the text as well.”
Matthew Gould, V.P. of Corporate Communications for MLB Advanced Media, said he is looking into the matter.
As of 9:45 on Thursday morning the subheadline had been changed to read, “A statue honoring Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards was unveiled last week.”
The Orioles have said they plan on honoring Robinson and other Orioles greats during the 2012 season.
"We absolutely love Brooks, and we're fully supportive of Mr. Rosenberg's endeavor to promote him," Orioles director of public relations Monica Barlow said last week. "There aren't enough ways to honor this great man."