Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick Hit: Jackie Robinson & The Yankees

Just a quick hit because we have a very busy Jackie Robinson Day scheduled for the blog today. Imagine what the Yankees would be this season if it were not for Jackie breaking the color barrier. This is not to say that someone else wouldn't have done it later, someone would have, but no one would have done it as well as Jackie. Jackie had the power not to fight but to not fight back, and that's what the first black player needed to have to succeed.

Think about it, we have no CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, Dellin Betances, Ivan Nova, Vidal Nuno, Michael Pineda, Masahiro Tanaka, Derek Jeter, Yangervis Solarte, Carlos Beltran, Ichiro Suzuki, or Alfonso Soriano. That's 13 players on our 25 man roster and that is assuming that Francisco Cervelli, Dean Anna, and Jacoby Ellsbury would be allowed in the game since they aren't "white."

It is truly amazing how far we have come in the game and how much diversity is in the game today, all thanks to Jackie Robinson. The rest is history, Happy Jackie Robinson Day everybody.

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