Royals, fans pay homage on Robinson's day

Royals, fans pay homage on Robinson's day

Royals, fans pay homage on Robinson's day
KANSAS CITY -- There was no shortage of No. 42s at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday.

With the annual celebration of Jackie Robinson Day came an omnipresence of the Hall of Famer's number, both on the field and off. Players and coaches from both teams sported a No. 42 on their jersey tops, and a promotional T-shirt giveaway meant many fans were wearing it as well.

Pregame festivities featured a video tribute, and the man who broke baseball's color barrier was on the minds of everyone before the Royals took on the Indians in the series finale.

Prior to the game, Royals manager Ned Yost commented on the significance of honoring Robinson.

"He was a pioneer, and baseball does a great job of saluting their pioneers," Yost said. "I think it's a cool thing, a neat gesture that everybody salutes that. Everybody in Major League Baseball is wearing No. 42 today. I think that's a special, special thing."

Earlier in the season, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain was asked to sign a Jackie Robinson jersey in Anaheim. He said it meant a lot to him.

"He definitely opened eyes for African-Americans in baseball," Cain said on April 7. "It's definitely a privilege to get to sign his jersey and to get to celebrate this special moment for him. ... It's definitely a great moment, a great day."

Every Royal wore the No. 42 on their backs Sunday, but it was the everyday number of eight Kansas City players since 1969. The last to wear 42 for the Royals was outfielder Tom Goodwin, who gave it up when it was retired league-wide in 1997.