Ben Shipgel of the NY Times wrote an excellent column about the meaning of the Civil Rights Game next Saturday to Willie Randolph. This is an important game for every minority in the game not just African-Americans. The Mets have even adopted aspects of Jackie Robinson’s legacy as a National League player from New York. We know how important Robinson’s historical career is to Fred Wilpon.
I’ve read some articles questioning the choice of the Mets for the game based on the racial makeup of the roster. Although there are few African-Americans on the Mets roster, and Major League Baseball in general I disagree with the view that African-Americans are the only players impacted by the social change that occurred when Jackie Robinson began playing for the Dodgers in 1947. The door was opened for Latin, Japanese, and Korean players that play throughout the league now.
It was a smart choice by MLB to have two big market teams in the game to draw maximum attention to an exhibition game that’s more than just an exhibition.