There’s one day of the year I always look forward to. No, not Opening Day, nor All-Star break or even playoffs; it runs deeper than that. It’s Jackie Robinson Day. I am the proud owner of a game-used JRD jersey from 2009, worn by none other than my friend Brad Nelson (I-Cubs). I wear this more often than not, because of the great break-through it represents. This year, with the movie “42”, more and more people are aware of the sacrifices Jackie went through to play at this level; the ridicule, the racism, and the hate. Yet, when the dust settles, there he was standing tall and proud. I only have one picture of Jackie, and it is him standing in the outfield with his back to the camera as he witnesses “The Shot Heard Round the World” on Oct 3, 1951. Google it if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Anways, this being game 4 of my season and having early entry from our season tickets, my old friend Adam Jung and I procured some 4th row seats in the best section, 115. We managed a few nice autographs beforehand from Khris Davis and Josh Prince (@JoshPrince17). Davis signed my team ball, and Prince signed the picture of his first MLB hit I took the week prior. I also gave him a copy, which he took. I hope he appreciates it as much as we appreciate his contributions on the field.
Since it seemed that the blaze orange was indeed helping the team get wins (or maybe it was a coincidence, but we weren’t going to leave it to chance), both Adam and I wore blaze orange hats, and I had my jacket along too. Also, I had my mickey mouse gloves along just for fun, in case I could help distract the Giants’ pitchers and give us a little bit of an edge. Yep, doing my part! The game started off as any other, but soon it took off. The Brewers scored 8 runs in an inning, all while I was wearing the damn gloves, and it was amazing to witness! I got a lot of good shots of various players in their 42 jerseys, and I must say, they looked proud to wear them. Brandon Kintzler looked great on the mound, Gomez saluted the crowd as he rounded the bases, and Aoki was grinning ear to ear as he scored.
Braun was hitless, but the rest of the team was there to more than make up for it. Since then, Ryan has really bounced back, and the team really found their stride. Of course, I was on TV looking like an idiot, so I had to include that photo. Say what you will, but Blaze Orange has 3 wins, and I have 2 balls on the year. I even caught the ball at this game while wearing those awesome gloves.
Last thing I’d like to say is John Axford seems to have found his stuff again. I knew it would happen, and am glad to have you back to your old self Johnny. I believe in you, and the rest of the guys. You wouldn’t be where you are if you didn’t work hard every day and have infinite focus, on and off the field. Keep it going crew, love this win streak!