It’s a silly thing, being proud of the day you were born. Maybe if you were Calvin Coolidge: A U.S. President who was actually born on the same day (July 4) as the country you lead. You can say it was your destiny, I suppose.
In a way, I think it’s fair for me to say that it was my destiny to be a baseball fan. That sounds a bit ridiculous, I’ll admit, but in a way I feel like my birthday – April 15 – was the day that baseball was really born. Baseball the way we understand it and play it today. Because it was April 15, 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers played the Boston Braves in Ebbets Field and batting second for the Dodgers was first baseman Jackie Robinson.
Yes, I’m proud to share a birthday with modern baseball. With a Major League Baseball that incorporates people from around the world. People of all colors. Because as much as people want to rave about Babe Ruth or Ty Cobb or any player before 1947 being the best ever, the truth stands that they did not compete on an even playing field with the best players in the world.
Jackie Robinson was a very special player and a very special human being, and I’m proud to be tied – even in such an indirect way – to what he accomplished.
Happy Jackie Robinson Day, everybody.
When I found out that my blog had been listed as #42 in the MLBlogs Latest Leaders list, my first instinct was disappointment. Though I don’t really write a blog to get a ton of readers, I was #20 the last time the list was updated, and dropped 22 spots. It’s hard not to be a little dismayed by that, even though the reasons are many. I haven’t had as much time to post; the season has now begun, and the Astros are not a sexy big-ticket item; there are many other high-quality writers on the MLBlog roster.
But #42 is still very humbling, and I’m honored that I have the number of readers necessary to do even that well.
Also, it’s a tremendous honor to be named #42 on Jackie Robinson Day.
There’s not a lot to say about Robinson that hasn’t been said elsewhere, and far more eloquently than I could ever put it.
My birthday, April 15th, is not the best birthday to have. Most U.S. Americans associate it with Tax Day. It’s also the day the Titanic sank; the day Abraham Lincoln died. Kind of a bummer of a day. But I’m very proud to know that my birthday – April 15 – will always be known across the sport I love as the day when the dreams of so many became a reality.
Because on April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson put on the #42 jersey and broke the color barrier.
So I welcome the honor to represent Jackie with the number 42 on the Latest Leaders list, announced on my birthday; and on the day he played his first big league game.