Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Perfect Take on the Ridiculous Jackie Robinson Number-Wearing Thing

Courtesy of The Onion:

Jeff Kent To Wear No. 42 To Honor Mariano

LOS ANGELES—Though all the players on the Los Angeles Dodger roster will be wearing No. 42 on April 15 to commemorate the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking Major League Baseball's color barrier, Dodger second-baseman Jeff Kent told reporters yesterday that he will wear the much-celebrated number to honor Yankee great and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera. "Mariano is easily my favorite pitcher, and I think it's wonderful that I finally have the opportunity to show how much he has meant to both me and to the game of baseball," said Kent, adding that Rivera is "the greatest player to ever don the No. 42 jersey." "Most important, he made it possible for Panamanians everywhere not to be afraid to chase their dreams." Kent added that he hoped Major League Baseball would eventually "get their act together" and retire No. 42 for good, which he feels would be the ultimate tribute to Rivera.

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posted by Mr. Faded Glory @ 5:15 PM   1 comments


At 4/15/2007 8:34 AM, Blogger June said...

as usual i am unable to enjoy the humor of this without listing all the ways it is funny.

- random non-african-american player
- ...who is famously an asshole who doesn't typically care about honoring anything but himself
- ...slamming someone semi-gratuitously (MLB)
- ...taking a "fuck you" contrary position to the rest of the world and making a big deal of it ("greatest player ever to wear 42")
- and my favorite - he's had a career total one at bats against mo, and singled off him, making him probably one of very few people in the world who have a 1000 ba against him


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