Category Archives: Jackie Robinson

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We’re celebrating Jackie Robinson Day in baseball by sitting on our couch all night and doing nothing but watching the game he loved!

Thank you Jackie Robinson for making it possible for wonderful stars of the past and present like Bo Jackson, Dee Gordon, Torii Hunter, and Joc Pederson (he’s not black, we just thought he was)to be part of the greatest game on earth.

Thank you Jackie Robinson!

The Return of a Generational Superstar: Jason Heyward is Back

When I woke up this morning I got an e-mail about my Jason Heyward Baseball-Reference page sponsorship expiring in 20 days.

In a year’s time, it seems like I was barely able to take solace in my own epitaph written on that page:

Every once in a while, we who follow the game of baseball are blessed with a generational talent of that era. This is that player.

And I could be wrong, but I think Heyward is back. Really back. Been to the lowest depths and didn’t know how good he had it once back. The wheels could still fall off just like they did after last April, but I think we’re seeing that crown jewel prospect who was once ranked ahead of Stephen Strasburg starting to become a force again.

I had the chance to scout Heyward’s at-bats all day long on MLB.tv. I made my wife mad because she couldn’t peel me away from the computer screen to put up an umbrella on our new porch table. I had to see his plate presence. I had to see what kind of pitches he was swinging at. And of course, what kind of results was he yielding.

In the first at-bat of Heyward’s game (a 7-4 win to complete an Atlanta sweep over the Milwaukee Brewers) he got Chris Narveson into a 3-1 count but just got jammed and flew out to center. He didn’t swing at any bad pitches. Next time up Heyward hit a towering home run off the lefty starter into the right field seats. It doesn’t look like line-drive power to me. He followed that by lining a 3-0 count rocket to left field off a lefty reliever and a walk off John Axford.

These 1 for 3 with a walk and an extra base hit are the types of games that you will take all day long from Heyward, or any young player trying to make his way back. Heyward looks like he’s onto something special again.

And those are really cool shoes to honor Jackie Robinson.

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Because we love to see Micheal Bourn swiping bags. Because J-Hey’s OBA is oh so friendly. Because of all those years that Griffey mesmerized us. Because Prince Fielder is more fun than a sack of jelly doughnuts. Because of all those times Torii Hunter said bring it back. Because Ryan Howard, well whatever on him.

Thank you to Jackie Robinson for the contributions you made to make Major League Baseball what it is today.

Happy 2009 Jackie Robinson Day


Today we honor a legend of our game, Jackie Robinson. Robinson is an immortal legend not because of a statistic or box score or anything he did in the way of setting a record. Robinson is a legend because on this date, he broke the Major League color barrier. For that, Major Leaguers will wear the #42 today to honor the late Robinson at ballparks all over America.

Heck, Jose Reyes even said he was going to steal home to honor the legend himself. Now that is a fitting tribute that will be fun to watch should Reyes reach third base in the Mets game today against the Padres.
So thank you Jackie Robinson for your contributions to our sport and breaking the color barrier so we could be blessed with watching the great African American talents who are sprinkled all over the game of baseball in the present day.