Here’s a gallery of images as the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals recognized Jackie Robinson Day yesterday at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox came from behind to win their third straight game against the Baltimore Orioles today. The team also recognized Jackie Robinson Day by all wearing the number 42 on their jerseys.
Here is a gallery from a cold, rainy one at Fenway.
For the 15th consecutive year, the Boston Red Sox celebrated the life of Jackie Robinson by teaching New England students the story of his challenges and triumphs. The club visited with 9th and 10th grade students at East Boston High School and Charlestown High School this afternoon, accompanied by former Mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn, and Red Sox Hall of Famer Tommy Harper.
Robinson would have turned 98 this Tuesday, January 31.
Also joining the tribute were Chairman of the Great Fenway Park Writers’ Series George Mitrovich, and Red Sox PA announcer and Poet Laureate Dick Flavin. Adam Pellerin of NESN moderated the event. Wally the Green Monster was also on hand, along with the three World Series trophies.
Here are photos from the appearance at Charlestown High School. The first photo shows a young student who became emotional when stating that Jackie Robinson was one of his heroes. In broken english, he said that as an immigrant, adjusting to life in America has been very difficult, but thanked the speakers for their message that they delivered on stage. This was a raw, emotional moment, and a reminder that sports, and the Red Sox, do have a real impact on people.
Above is a selection of images from an emotional day at Fenway Park. In honor of Jackie Robinson Day, all players and coaches on both teams (and across Major League Baseball) wore the number 42 on their jerseys.
Today also marked the two year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. In recognition, the Boston Red Sox invited survivors and heroes involved with the Marathon to come back and take part in some special pre-game ceremonies. At 2:49 PM, the time of the explosions, the ballpark, along with the entire city, paused for a moment of silence.
Days like these are a tough but necessary reminder of how precious life can be, and it’s amazing to see how those there today have managed to resume their lives with such strength and resilience.