Did you see Jackie Robinson hit that ball…or was it just another guy wearing his number?
Am I the only one completely turned off by what MLB has turned into an annual celebration of its own silliness? Is MLB the only organization that insists on reminding everyone of a very bad policy that it had for many years but that it ended many years ago?
Jack Roosevelt Robinson is properly recognized as an American pioneer and hero for becoming the first modern black person to play MLB and to have done so under difficult circumstances. His personality and character contribute to his stature.
If one objective of MLB is to educate people, including its own players, about the past it seems that there are significant failures. During last night’s ESPN game of the week Angel outfielder Torri Hunter was featured in a studio statement in which he said that if it were not for Jackie Robinson he, Hunter, would not be in MLB today. Torri Hunter is 36 years old. He’s not a kid but a 16 year veteran. Is his grasp of history so flimsy that he thinks that MLB could have remained racially segregated all these years?
...Every MLB game had announcers, including former players, going on and on about Jackie Robinson beyond all proportion to the matter. Yes, Jackie Robinson did something special but integration would have happened with or without Jackie Robinson. The poor man could have been spared his personal grief and the rest of us can now be spared foolish over emphasis.
Chalk up another mess for MLB commissioner Bud Wonder Boy Selig. Way to go Buddy boy!