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Jr. to wear 42

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by JackyJackBN, Apr 4, 2007.

  1. JackyJackBN

    JackyJackBN Guest


    I see the commish is inviting players on other teams to do the same.

    I like it, as long as Barry Balco doesn't wear 42.
  2. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    April 6 will mark 20 years since the Al Campanis interview on "Nightline." I'll have to pick the right thread to tell the story of that night from my perspective.

    But anyway, good for Jr.
  3. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    I think Mariano Rivera should do it, too.
  4. JackyJackBN

    JackyJackBN Guest

    Oh, I think he will.

    But seriously, should be a starting player on a given team, and not a pitcher, right? And what about the black Latin players? Probably not; maybe they'll start wearing Clemente's number on a given day.
  5. It will be interesting to see who wears 42.

    Mariano Rivera is Panamanian and not African-American and I've seen some articles in recent years bemoaning the lack of African-Americans in the game. For instance - the Boston Globe ran an article in 2004 about the Red Sox not having any "black" players in the starting line-up even though Manny was starting in left, Ortiz was the DH and Pedro was the starter in the game.

    Not trying to start anything here. Just saying it will be interesting to see who wears 42.
  6. Johnny Dangerously

    Johnny Dangerously Active Member

    Yes. I'm not saying anything new by saying there is a subtext to Jackie Robinson opening the door for black players -- his opening the door for all minorities.
  7. Freelance Hack

    Freelance Hack Active Member

    It's a shame Cincy won't be home on April 15. The Reds really should do something to honor Pee Wee Reese and Jackie Robinson sometime this month, since it was in Cincy that Robinson got heckled, leading Kentuckian Reese to walk over to his teammate and put his hand on Jackie's shoulder.

    That moment was just as big as Robinson's first game. Cincinnati should recognize that moment.

    Perhaps there's a Reds writer who can pitch this idea in a blog or column. Or I can do it, if they'd like.
  8. Riddick

    Riddick Active Member

    I agree with the above poster, just don't let Bonds where it.
  9. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Barry Bonds pretty much said the same thing a few years ago - that baseball was becoming a sport made up of mostly latinos and white ball players.

    I wonder if Jeff Kent will wear 42 for the Dodgers.
  10. Chef

    Chef Active Member

  11. Chuck~Taylor

    Chuck~Taylor Active Member

    I think they should let all the managers wear 42.
  12. D-Backs Hack

    D-Backs Hack Guest

    I think some didn't get Ragu's joke.
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