Remembering Robin Williams the sports fan

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Most people knew Robin Williams as a hysterical stand-up comedian whose hands fly around his body, while his body flies around the stage.

Others knew Robin Williams as an actor who ranged from comedic icon in the generation molding “Mrs. Doubtfire” to serious and heartwarming in “Good Will Hunting.”

Few knew Robin Williams the sports fan.

Robin was a devoted San Francisco Giants fan. Williams would regularly attend games at AT&T Park. He grew up in the Bay area and had been a Giants fan since the team moved from New York in 1958. In 1958 Robin was no more than seven years old and luckily for him, 1958 was a great year for San Francisco sports. In addition to the Giants migrating from New York, 1958 was the year historic Candlestick Park was constructed.

Robin Williams talking about Candlestick park in comparison to new AT&T Park:
“Like the old sea captain says (Williams spoke in a pirate accent), ‘There’s a westerly wind coming, boy. I wouldn’t be hitting to left field today.’ Even the seagulls are going, ‘Ahhhhh.’ Hitchcock is saying, ‘Don’t shoot out there, people might die.’

“But I love the new field, especially when the kayaks come in. They don’t have that here at Yankee Stadium, do they? Right now, Babe Ruth is looking down on us and saying, ‘I told you,’ and, ‘Hand me more ice cream.’

“At the new field, there’s always the guy on the cell phone. ‘Hi, Bob, where are you?’

“‘Right next to you.’

“‘Oh, yeah.’

“And it’s nice when you have a latte section. There’s a lot of great, new stadiums. All these new, beautiful … I guess designer stadiums. Everyone’s on their sofa, saying, ‘Hi, how are ya?’ But this Yankee Stadium is one of the earliest, one of the best. It’s like the Colosseum, except with vendors.

“Sometimes at Candlestick, we had Handgun Night. People would go to the upper deck and never come back."

Robin Williams wasn’t just a baseball fan. He hosted many charity events with sporting icons, who happen to be his friends. Robin’s friends ranged from Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, to all time tennis great Andre Agassi, to basketball comedian Shaquille O'Neal to Williams’ icon Baseball icon Yogi Berra.

On Sunday, we lost a great comedian, a great actor, a great humanitarian and most of all a great person.

Rest in peace Robin Williams.

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