The Importance Of #42

How Jackie Changed The Game

Today all over baseball they are celebrating Jackie Robinson. It is amazing what one man had to go through so that others could join him. Imagine the MLB without Jackie Robinson. Imagine it without Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, or Ken Griffey Jr. Jackie’s sacrifice paved the way for dark skinned players from other countries like Minnie Minoso, Roberto Clemente, and Mariano Rivera just to name a few. It is sad that it took so long for integration to happen. It is even sadder what the initial players had to go through. I am glad that they did go through it though as it made for a better game.

How Baseball Changed The World

I used to think that Jackie Robinson’s play for the Dodgers was more than just about baseball. I always felt that it was the catalyst for change across everything in this country. Just under two decades later the Civil Rights Act was passed. I always felt like Jackie playing baseball set that act in motion. I always thought that his sacrifice was what brought our country together instead of segregated. I used to think that things were better. I am sorry to say that I think I may have been wrong. Lately I have come to realize that things really are not good all over. I am sorry for my ignorance. I cannot fathom judging someone based on the color of their skin. It makes no sense to me that one characteristic can cause so much hate. It is a real thing though. We should have evolved into better people than this by now. For the past few years I have tried to lift people up as much as I can. From this point on though I feel like maybe I need to do more. I sadly do not know what that is yet. I know that at home we can talk about how ridiculous people can be. How we need to be better than that. Hate is no way to go through life. We need to find a way to move past that.

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