Jackie Robinson Day is one of those special days that you always look forward to. Throughout the entirety of the day, Major League Baseball honors Jackie Robinson and all that he meant to the game of baseball. For the Los Angeles Dodgers, the game holds an even deeper meaning due to Robinson’s time with them.

Last night, Enrique “Kiké” Hernandez faced off three times against San Francisco Giants left-hander Madison Bumgarner. On all three, he tortured Bumgarner. Hernandez finished with two solo home runs and a two-run double to his name on the evening, and Hernandez spoke after the game about what that day meant to him.

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From Dan Arritt, Special to ESPN.com:

“I might not be here if it wasn’t for him,” Hernandez said of Robinson, the Dodgers star who broke the major league’s color barrier as a rookie in 1947. “So, it was pretty cool to be able to have the game that I had on a night like this. I just wish that I could wear No. 42 more often.”

If Hernandez is going to play like this every single time he gets to wear that jersey, then the Dodgers are probably hoping that he gets to wear it a lot more often, as well. It’s just great to see a player from today talk about how much someone from yesteryear, especially someone like Robinson, meant to them.

Hernandez is batting .440 this season, but an astonishing .727 off of lefties. And perhaps that .727 is fitting because he’s been taking flight against lefties throughout his entire career. It’s what he does. He boasts a 1.144 career OPS against left-handers in 134 plate appearances. On a day designed to honor Jackie Robinson, Enrique Hernandez did it the only way he could.

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Justin Russo is a 30-year old sports enthusiast who dabbles in all forms of sports talk. Whether that talk revolves around the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, MLB, or other leagues, he has an opinion. He works as a writer for Warriors World, and was formerly a writer and editor for ClipsNation on the SB Nation network. He also is the Editor-in-chief for But The Game Is On: The Beat.

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