Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today, I celebrate...

Jackie Robinson. Not just because he was an amazing baseball player, but because he was a great man and an advocate for change. He represents those who came before him who were denied the chance to play the game of baseball, and those who came after him who have been able to play, because of his bravery and perseverance. He stared racial discrimination in the face and beat it down. He forever changed the game I love for the better. And for that, I will be forever grateful.

Happy Jackie Robinson Day!

{P.S. I would also like to offer kudos to Derek Jeter, who (sadly) is the ONLY player in the MLB to have funded a scholarship for the Jackie Robinson Foundation. And he does it every four years. Read about it here.}

Image: Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Eliza said...

We're watching the Braves vs. Marlin game right now and I was happy to see that all the players on both teams are wearing #42 tonight in his honor.

lauren said...

this is another thing i love about the day... that every single player in the MLB wears the number 42. such a cool sight and a lovely tribute.