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    • Jackie Robinson Day
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  • 4/15/12
  • wyobuff

Looking forward to celebrating the 65th aniversary of one of the most historic events in baseball history. The breaking of the color barrier in baseball led the way for many stars that followed the footsteps of Jackie. We salute you today, Jackie Robinson!

Also hoping to celebrate a Rockies (dare I say it?) sweep of the Dbacks!

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  • 4/15/12
  • saturn47
Hope you enjoy the game...if the weather was better we would have been out there, but I'm going to have to wait until it gets a bit warmer before I can risk further damage...but I'll be watching on tv :)
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvrox
(wyo, check out my Jackie Robinson comment on the thread for today.)
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvmyrox
My youngest son did a report/project on Jackie Robinson for school a couple of years ago, so we learned ALL about him at this house! LOL I can't imagine going through all that he did, but I'm so glad he persevered. Cool and fun day at the ballpark, too. I remember the first time I was there for it, I was so surprised to see everybody 42. :)
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  • 4/15/12
  • roxsos101
Every single year though...
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvmyrox
You don't think they should honor Jackie Robinson every single year?
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvrox
When was that? What year did that start?
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvmyrox
Well, apparently it started in '04. The first year I saw it was probably '08.
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  • 4/15/12
  • saturn47
This year is the 65th anniversary so the celebration is a bit more publicized. Baseball is very sensative to celebrating it's history and Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball was important not just to the game, but to American society on the whole. I don't think an annual day in his memory is at all inappropriate.
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  • 4/15/12
  • luvmyrox
Nope, me either.
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  • 4/16/12
  • roxsos101

A) Yes, I don't think that outside the Dodgers organization that they need to be honoring Robinson every single year. Man, he was a great guy and meant a lot, but it's gone over the line of overkill. Does the NBA or NFL honor their first black player every single year. Do you know who the second black player was? He was Larry Doby, played for the Indians and came into the league less than a year after Robinson. He was a CONSTANT all-star. He was a fan favorite. Take a look at his early stats, he was a super star too, but because he was a few months late nobody cares... http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dobyla01.shtml

B) The way in which the honor him is in horriblly poor taste. Putting the number 42 on every single player's back is extraordinarilly confusing to the fans watching the game. "Hey, who just hit that single?" Well I don't know either cause every fracking guy on both teams has the same number. If you have seats anywhere but the front row you've got to check the board every ten seconds to make sure.

I say the Dodgers do it every year and the rest of baseball does it every 5 or 10 years. That way it MEANS more than the annual, OMG I can't tell who is who because they are all wearing 42 event.

Plus IMO it is bad for baseball to constantly be looking back rather than forward. Focus on making keystone players and memories in TODAY rather than constantly be drudging up players like Robinson and Mantle all the time. The NLF has made football the biggest sport in America by building a game around what is going on TODAY. THey live in the now, not 65 years ago.

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  • 4/16/12
  • roxsos101

Actually Larry Doby also entered the league in 1947. The same year as Robinson.

Doby: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/dobyla01.shtml

Robinson: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/robinja02.shtml

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  • 4/16/12
  • LetsGoBelt_________
I totally agree with you, it's gotten ridiculous. What next, they remove secondbase for the game in honor of him?
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  • 4/16/12
  • saturn47
Putting 42 on all the players was only done this year.
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  • 4/16/12
  • luvmyrox
No it wasn't. I've seen that for the past few years, at least.
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  • 4/16/12
  • wyobuff

You guys need to get your history straight. Its been done since 1997 the 50th anniversary of the event. Its done every year on April 15 at whatever ballparks have games that day....so it isn't always celebrated at Coors Field every year.

The reason it is such a big deal is this.....yesterday at the game sitting behind us was a young boy and his father. I kept hearing the boy ask his dad why every player was wearing #42 that it was confusing, etc. The father took his time to explain to his young son the story of Jackie Robinson and his impact on the game and why it is celebrated.

Without all the players wearing #42 that discussion may have never taken place. It reminds us of what brought us to this place and it is imperative that history be passed along just as it was from this father (who probably learned it from his father) to his son.....the way it ought to be!


Edited 4/16/12   by  wyobuff
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  • 4/16/12
  • roxsos101

But you forget that baseball is a game and not a history lesson. This is why the NFL is exploding and MLB is so flat.

Do you know what really happened that day? That kid went to see a game with his dad, was horriblly confused by all the players having the same number, and as a result might not have enjoyed the finer points of that game. Result? Sure, maybe now he knows who the heck Robinson was, but at the cost of what might have been a magical moment that made him a lifelong fan.

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  • 4/16/12
  • wyobuff

I think you missed a very tender moment that you now are twisting into something that simply is speculation. The reason MLB does what it does on April 15th is because they always want to remember Mr. Robinson. By creating this tradition it pretty much insures he will never be forgotten.

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  • 4/16/12
  • saturn47
I certainly stand corrected on the point of all the players wearing 42 previously...guess it just slipped my memory. In any event, I think that Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier is an important enough event not just in the history of baseball, but of our nation in general that it is well worth commemorating every year. I can certainly remember in my own lifetime when many southern universities would not permit African-American athletes on their teams and even had signficant objections to playing against teams that had them. It wasn't THAT long ago. So it is certainly a moment in time to be celebrated for the first step forward in a long march that it represents. I'm only sad I couldn't have been there myself this year.

Edited 4/16/12   by  saturn47
Edited 4/16/12   by  saturn47
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  • 4/16/12
  • wyobuff
Could not have said it better myself, saturn. It's much too easy to forget the efforts of those that pioneered the way for others. A tradition such as Jackie Robinson Day is best celebrated in person. I was thinking as we were driving back to Wyoming this morning that had I not been there I would have missed this young father's explanation of why we observe this tradition to his inquisitive son. It made my trip worth every bit of the cold 2 days at Coors Field!
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