Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Everyone's wearing #42

If you haven't heard, both the Pirates and Dodgers will all wear #42 tonight in honor of Jackie Robinson's debut. I thought this was a fantastic gesture last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary, but I'm kind of torn on whether the league should continue it. Part of me feels like it's an easy gimmick to cover up the awful job the league has done reaching out to African Americans of late and part of me feels like any reason to educate young baseball fans about Jackie Robinson (imagine a six-year old asking his dad why everyone is wearing the same number tonight, that kind of thing) is a great thing to do. Thoughts?