Today throughout Major League Baseball, teams will celebrate Jackie Robinson and how he broke the game’s color barrier. Players will wear his retired #42 jersey for their games and I think it’s a nice tribute to Robinson.
I used to think that it was a cool concept and glad it was an annual thing. But for a brief moment, I wondered why it was done. I know that it was a way to honor Robinson but to also show that despite everyone’s differences, we’re all the same.
Part of my confusion with this was that MLB never really emphasized it that much either. I remember on Jackie Robinson Day years ago when wearing #42 was optional, not mandatory. But I was actually OK with that because by not wearing the same number, it emphasized people’s individuality. I kind of like that.
But as I got older and I see the world differently, I realized that wearing the same number is a good thing. With the world so caught up in trying to single out people for their differences, we need a message to show that despite whatever our gender, race, faith or orientation, we’re all the same. We’re all equal. And I am glad to celebrate that today.