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MARIANO RIVERA DISGRACED JACKIE ROBINSON

By 04.16.07

Mariano Rivera — the last MLB player to wear number 42 on a daily basis thanks to a grandfather rule — disgraced Jackie Robinson's legacy by allowing a two-out, three-run walk-off home run to Marco Scutaro that gave the A's a 5-4 victory over the Yankees. Scutaro, batting just .050 at the time, wrapped an 0-2 pitch just around the left-field foul pole, denigrating everything that Robinson ever did to break the race barrier.

I kid, I kid. Yankees fans have it tough enough right now, what with Mike Mussina and Carl Pavano joining Chien-Ming Wang on the DL (not Pavano! But he's such a workhorse!).  Still, I think it would have been a little more respectful of MLB players had shown some deference to players wearing No. 42 — you know, let them hit a home run every time up, or allowed Dontrelle Willis to throw a no-hitter.  Something like that. 

Instead, all we have to remember the day is six rainouts across the eastern seaboard.  Stupid Nor'easter.  I walked three blocks yesterday and almost drowned in a storm drain.


TOPICS#MLB
TAGSANDY RODDICKJACKIE ROBINSONMARIANO RIVERAOAKLAND ATHLETICS

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