Jackie Robinson’s impact on Dave Roberts resonates deeply on many fronts. When Robinson was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers, he was the first ever African-American player in Major League Baseball history. When Roberts was signed to manage the Los Angeles Dodgers, he became the first ever minority manager in the team’s history.
On Friday evening, Dave Roberts caught the ceremonial first pitch from the first ever African-American manager in baseball history, Frank Robinson. It was a special day for everyone involved, but even more special for a person like Dave Roberts. Yesterday’s game really resounded with the manager.
Roberts admitted the day held special significance for him. “I kind of look at every game the same [way],” Roberts said. “But today I’ll take numerous moments to reflect on the impact that Jackie made. Not only for me, but for everyone in the game.”
It’s really heartwarming to hear the way that Roberts talks about the impact that Robinson made on him, for him, and for everyone in the game of baseball. It’s hard to put into words just what Robinson truly meant simply because there aren’t enough words to even accurately describe that.
This day will come around again next season, and we’ll once again talk about how fantastic of a person and role model Robinson was. The reason it has to be talked about so much is because of the impact he had. Without Robinson, a lot of what you see today isn’t possible. Especially for Dave Roberts.