The most expensive team in baseball moved into sole possession of first place in the
The Dodgers, who trailed the
But the two months Manager
"Twenty-nine years and counting," Robinson said. "I have so many emotions right now, it's kind of hard to even put words together."
Robinson is from Dothan, Ala., which is known more for producing peanuts than baseball players. He attended nearby Troy University, out of which he was selected by the
He has spent the majority of time since then bouncing around minor league outposts such as Idaho Falls and Northwest Arkansas.
He reached the major leagues two years ago with the Royals, at 27. He had only four at-bats, all as a pinch-hitter. He struck out twice.
"It was a lot faster than it is now," Robinson said. "I look back on that and it's a blur."
Robinson said he never considered walking away from the game.
"Everybody wants to talk about being 29 years old and being in the minor leagues for eight years, but I really enjoy my job," he said. "I still get paid to come to the ballpark every day and play baseball. Everybody says it's a grind in the minor leagues, but it's still something I love to do."
Robinson signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers over the off-season and played well in
Until Robinson was called up to the major leagues Wednesday, he was in Albuquerque with the Dodgers' triple-A affiliate.
None of his first three plate appearances with the Dodgers resulted in hits, though he drew a walk and scored a run Saturday in the team's victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Robinson's moment came as the Dodgers were locked in a scoreless tie with the Indians. With men at the corners, Robinson was called to pinch-hit for
Robinson slapped Indians starter
"Man, that feels good," Robinson said he told himself as he reached first base.
While Robinson was understandably excited, and his teammates excited for him, the Dodgers downplayed the significance of their ascent to the top of their division.
"There's still a lot of work to be done,"
Seventy-seven games remain in the regular season.