New York Yankees: 42

Mo: Honoring 42 is beautiful

April, 15, 2013
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Our own Johnette Howard sat down with the last man to regularly wear Jackie Robinson's No. 42, the greatest closer ever, Mariano Rivera. Rivera loves the tradition of everyone in the majors wearing No. 42 for one game during the season.

"I think it's beautiful," Rivera says, citing the once-a-year visual of all his fellow 42s-for-a-day mingling around the batting cage, running onto the diamond, standing at attention as the national anthem is played, or hustling around the field once the games begin. Rivera grew up in Panama knowing about Latin stars Juan Marichal and Roberto Clemente before he became aware of Robinson. He likes the symbolism of all these latter-day 42s -- be they African-Americans or whites or Latinos -- standing on equal footing. The tribute to Robinson is meant to ensure that no one forgets that this wasn't always so.

"Jackie Robinson was a great man," Rivera said over the weekend before a game against the Baltimore Orioles. "I have always said that wearing this number is a privilege and a great responsibility … to represent what Jackie represented for us, as a minority, and for all of baseball in general, it's tremendous. For me, it's just a privilege to wear and to try to keep that legacy. It makes me want to be at my best. And that's what I tried to do my whole career."

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Yankees to wear No. 42 on Tuesday

April, 15, 2013
4/15/13
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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?

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