It is fitting that on the day that the Yankees celebrated Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, the last remaining MLB player wearing the number 42, Mariano Rivera, picked up another save for the team. Every Yankee wore the number 42 during the 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, which was in honor of Jackie Robinson. Rivera recorded his third save of the season and 611th of his Hall of Fame career.
Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, who started the influential Jackie Robinson Foundation, said that she is a “little sad” that Rivera will be retiring and taking the esteemed number 42 with him. She has always said that Rivera plays the game the right way and is the right person to wear Jackie’s number. (Rivera was grandfathered in as he was wearing the number before it was retired across baseball in 1997.) In the Daily News story, Rachel Robinson said that Rivera is carries himself with class and is determined just like Jackie Robinson was.
It is also noteworthy that Robinson Cano, who is named after Jackie Robinson and wears the uniform number 24 since it is the reversal of 42, hit a home run to deep right center in the fourth that drove in Lyle Overbay and Chris Stewart. That homer essentially won the game for the Yanks because it made the score 3-2. After getting off to a slow start, Cano now has four homers and 11 RBI in his last six games. His average is a solid .327. Based on his last six games, Cano is on his way to being named an All-Star for the fifth time.
It was also a positive game from the pitching standpoint as Ivan Nova was able to rebound from his first start by allowing two runs instead of four. He was not dominant as he only lasted five innings, but Nova gave the Yankees a chance to win the game.
Also, it can’t be forgotten that the Yankees organization handled themselves with class once again as they had a moment of silence before the game and played “Sweet Caroline” after the third inning to honor the victims from the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.
C.C. Sabathia (2-1, 2.25 ERA) will get the start tonight against the Diamondbacks.