Nearly 34, Robinson knows his big-league time is short, but though he has had off-season jobs as a management trainee, of late he has been almost too altruistic, spending much of his spare time raising funds for research on lupus, an often-fatal disease that attacks the connective tissues and can affect any part of the body from the skin to the heart. "There may be half a million Americans suffering from lupus," says Robinson, "but very little is known about it. Often doctors fail to diagnose it."
During the past year, Robinson has begun thinking of his future. "If I had a guarantee of security, I'd like to move back to Pittsburgh and get work in the winter," he says. "It's been tough on my wife and children, living in our home outside Philadelphia while I'm in a hotel room here. There would be nothing better than finishing up my career at home before my family and friends."
But if it doesn't work out that way, there's still consolation for Robinson. He learned long ago that Weaser-watchers will travel anywhere to see their favorite jobless player go to work.