The Yankees reflect on Jackie Robinson Day
The Yankees were supposed to play a Sunday matinee in Detroit on Jackie Robinson Day 2018, but weather issues turned that first into a split doubleheader, then into a single night game - and with the weather still dicey, it may end up being a second straight off-day in the end.
Hopefully the Yankees get to wear that No. 42 tonight, and in anticipation of the day, we had asked a selection of Yankees during this spring's media day for their thoughts on Jackie Robinson and wearing his No. 42. Now, in Jackie's honor, we give you those thoughts below.
Didi Gregorius: "I'm proud to wear that number 42 on the field. What Jackie did for us, he broke the barrier for us and have us a chance to play, and he did everything the right way. It's unbelievable that because of him, all of us are here to play the game."
Aaron Hicks: "He's an icon, who paved the way for players like me to be able to play this game and was the pioneer who helped get us to where we are today. If it wasn't for Jackie, I don't know if I'd be playing baseball, or even what kind of sport I'd be playing."
Jordan Montgomery: "He made history when he broke down that barrier. An icon."
David Robertson: "I think it's wonderful that we wear the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. What he did for the sport can't even be put into words."
Austin Romine: "A true pioneer. He kept his head down and played hard, and had to go through so much adversity to get to where he got to. You can see how much respect everyone has for him, and how widely recognized he is, even outside of baseball - how he kept his head down and went through that adversity, I know everybody can relate to that in every aspect of life."
CC Sabathia: "It means everything to wear number 42. Obviously, I wouldn't be sitting here without his sacrifices, him going through what he went through and put up with just to play this game."
Giancarlo Stanton: "He gave us opportunity, gave me the opportunity to be out here in this uniform. I'm from southern California, and you see his name everywhere out there, because he went to high school in Pasadena and college at UCLA, and it's very special."
Hitting coach Marcus Thames: "He's why I'm sitting here talking to you today. He was a pioneer, and him going through the things that he went through means a lot to me because I wouldn't be here today without that. I would've never got the chance to be drafted by the New York Yankees and play parts of 10 years in the Major Leagues, so he means a lot to me. I still have his book at my house that his wife signed for me; I let my kids read it and look at it, and I let them know that this is why I'm here, and this is how we got pretty much everything we've got. Because of what he went through, I was able to fulfill one of my dreams of being a Major League Baseball player."