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Major League Baseball Quickly Forgets Jackie Robinson Day immediately after Jackie Robinson Day

posted Apr 16, 2009, 10:00 AM by Steven Seagal   [ updated Apr 16, 2009, 10:06 AM ]
Jackie Robinson whose impact is felt throughout all Major League Baseball every year on April 15th was quickly forgotten after Jackie Robinson day was over. Players and teams throughout the league honor Robinson along with all African American trailblazers in baseball with pregame rituals, negro league player recognition and players donning Robinson's retired number 42 on their jerseys. However on April 16th, players and teams failed to retain any memories of Jackie Robinson day. Players such as Derek Jeter who wore the number 42 instead of his customary 2 was perplexed this morning to see himself in the NY Daily News with a different number. "It's gotta be photoshopped" Jeter told reporters, "I don't know why I would wear no. 42. Ever". Mets CEO Fred Wilpon, who just yesterday personally honored Robinson by personally unveiling an 8 foot, blue sculpture of the iconic number 42, stormed into his office this morning demanding to know what sort of shenanigans were going on at Citi Field. "What the hell does 42 mean? Is this because of Madoff? I want that colored fella in here, what's his name? Omar. He's got to explain this to me". Even more baffling were the comments made by Jackie Robinson's wife, Rachel Robinson, who suffered the same indignities as her husband when he broke the Major League color barrier in 1947. When asked to comment on the ceremony at Citi Field, Rachel Robinson just said "I'm speechless". When asked why she was speechless, Rachel Robinson just told reporters "Because I have no idea what you're talking about. What the hell is Jackie Robinson day?" When told about the previous days ceremonies at Citi Field and the history of her late husband, Rachel Robinson told reporters "Oh! Citi Field! I liked the toppings stations there. I put jalapeno peppers and sauerkraut on my hot dog. I can never forget that".
The above photo shows both Mets CEO Fred Wilpon and Rachel Robinson exactly one day ago at the unveiling of Jackie Robinson's iconic number 42. Both failed to register any memory of this event this morning. Rachel, however, did remember the toppings stations. Wilpon is still waiting for an explanation from GM Omar Minaya.