NEW YORK -- By proclamation of the Commissioner, for the second consecutive year as Major League Baseball celebrates the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking its color barrier, any big league player can wear the late Hall of Famer's famous No. 42 in action that day.
"All players have the option. It's entirely up to them," Commissioner Bud Selig told MLB.com on Monday. "Candidly, I hope they all do it."
Personally, I am not a fan of this. Don't get me wrong, I am not a bigot by any means. I am looking at this from the baseball side of things and do not approve of what Major League Baseball is trying to do. They are trying to get media attention and money from fans as they rehash the great memory of one of the greatest men to ever play the game. The reason I have a problem with this is because there is no great significance to allow the players to wear number 42 on April 15. The only thing I can think of is that there are probably 42 million people in the United States that will be filing their taxes on that day.
I approved of the move last year because of the 60-year anniversary and thought it was a great move to honor Jackie. However, a year later, we don't need to be reminded again of what happened. I feel that if we do this every year, then it will diminish the importance of what Jackie Robinson really did. You honor his selfless acts periodically, but every year will cause the fanbase to get bored of the movement and lose track of the significance of wearing number 42.