O's sing, share memories for Brooks' 80th

O's sing, share memories for Brooks' 80th

DETROIT -- Orioles legend Brooks Robinson celebrated his 80th trip around the sun on Thursday, and the O's honored him with a barrage of messages, including a team rendition of "Happy Birthday." 

Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said that despite the generational gap, players certainly understand Hall of Famer Robinson's immense talent and his impact on the game.

"They [understand it] in our locker room," Showalter said. "If you wear our uniform, you do, because you're constantly being talked to about it. And you've only got to spend like five minutes around [Robinson] to realize what an endearing guy he is. He's the type of guy who should spend 80-plus years on this earth."

"Mr. Oriole" Robinson, at 18-time All-Star, played all 23 of his seasons with the O's and still comes around occasionally to speak to the team, such as before the playoffs. Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, who was out of the lineup on Thursday, took to his Instagram account to wish Robinson a happy birthday, and Showalter shared some of his favorite memories.

"[My wife and I] were looking around for a house, we had decided to buy a place, and where he lives is actually too far out," Showalter said. "We were driving around because it's so pretty, and I said, 'There's Brooks walking down the road.' He and his wife were walking in the neighborhood, and it had just started to drizzle."

Showalter couldn't resist pulling the car over to talk to Robinson about the Orioles and baseball in general. Even when the rain intensified and Brooks' wife, Connie, wanted him to come inside, he stayed out there and talked to Showalter.

"All around the Baltimore area, people are like, 'Yeah, Brooks was here yesterday.' There's a place not too far from me that he goes for coffee every morning. He sits in the back, everybody knows him. Very unassuming," Showalter said. "A great player, even better person."

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.