Friday, April 15, 2011
Everyone wearing No. 42 tonight
By Richard Durrett
NEW YORK -- Jackie Robinson Day in Major League Baseball is always a special one for Rangers manager Ron Washington.
Managers Ron Washington and Joe Girardi helped Jackie Robinson's daughter, Sharon, with festivities Friday in Newark, N.J.
And on Friday, Washington celebrated by attending a youth baseball and softball clinic at youth field in Newark, New Jersey. The event was sponsored by the Newark Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program.
"I know I didn't get to play on a field this nice when I was younger," Washington said.
All the players on the field throughout the majors will be wearing No. 42, including Washington. The number is the only one retired throughout MLB.
"It means everything to me," Washington said. "I saw an excerpt where he said, I think in his last speech here in New York, that one day he'd like to see a black in the third base coaching box. I yelled and said, 'We're in the dugout now.' So we've got a long ways."
Washington said there are some players who don't know the full impact or history of Robinson, but as they continue through their careers, they'll figure out how critical he was.
Washington said he's proud to wear the number and celebrate Robinson's legacy.