Robinson relishes return to old stomping grounds

Robinson relishes return to old stomping grounds

ANAHEIM -- Mariners outfielder Trayvon Robinson enjoys playing baseball wherever he goes, but there's a little something extra special when Seattle plays at Angel Stadium.

Robinson grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from Crenshaw High, about 30 miles north of Anaheim. He made his Major League debut on Aug. 5 with the Mariners last year at Angel Stadium and robbed Torii Hunter of a home run with a spectacular catch in left field and got his first hit against All-Star Jered Weaver.

Robinson spent much of this season back in Triple-A Tacoma, but he was recalled by the Mariners three weeks ago and made his first return to Angel Stadium this weekend. He didn't play Friday, but was 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and his first stolen base in Saturday's 7-4 win.

"I'm just trying to go out there and get in scoring position as much as possible," said Robinson, who was back in the lineup again for Sunday's series finale.

As for his weekend in the L.A. area?

"It's always good to come back home," Robinson said. "I've seen a couple Little League friends of mine. They're doing good. And just seeing them reminded me of memories of how important the game was to me as a youngster. It just made it fun. It made it even sweeter [Saturday night].

"You have to remember it's just a game," he said. "I started when I was 3 and I'm still playing now at 24."