Monday, April 15, 2013
Yankees to wear No. 42 on Tuesday
By Andrew Marchand
To honor Jackie Robinson, the Yankees will all wear No. 42 on Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. There is a tiny hubbub about the Yankees not playing on Monday on the 66th anniversary of Robinson becoming the first African-American player in Major League Baseball.
But Joe Girardi, for one, didn't have a problem with it.
“I think you can honor Jackie Robinson without playing baseball in New York,” said Joe Girardi. “I talked about taking my kids to see the movie. That’s honoring Jackie Robinson because I want them to know what this man went through and what his legacy is and how important he has been to our country. I think there are a lot of ways you can honor someone without necessarily playing a game.”
As for the movie, 42, CC Sabathia took it in and gave it a thumbs up.
I liked it as well. Usually, I'm not a big fan of sports movies based on true stories because I find they embellish too much. For example, "Moneyball" never mentioned the A's had three of the best starters in baseball. But 42 seemed to stay close enough to history and told the remarkable story very well, which made it a very worthwhile couple of hours.
QUESTION: SHOULD THE YANKEES HAVE PLAYED TODAY BECAUSE IT IS JACKIE ROBINSON DAY?