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