Of the event at Shea stadium, Billy Crystal—one of Williams' closest friends—has commented: “Robin, Whoopi and I once were in Shea Stadium in the broadcast booth with the great Tim McCarver. It was 'Comic Relief Day' for the New York Mets. Robin knew nothing about baseball. I asked him, 'What’s your favorite team?' And he said, 'The San Franciscos.' So, he was a little lost in the conversation so I got an idea and I said, 'Ya know, Tim, we’ve got a great Russian baseball player with us.' I looked over and his eyes got all bright, his ears perked up–it was like he was a little dog that was inside all day and the master came and said, 'Hey, ya wanna go for a walk?' So, I said, 'What’s baseball like in Russia?' Without missing a beat he said, 'Well, we only have one team … the Reds.' The next pitch, the batter fouled one back, it came screaming back at us. We ducked down, it slammed against the wall … Robin turned around, it bounced into his hands and he stood up and screamed, 'I love America, I’m going to defect!'"