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Curtis Granderson rocking “Thank You Jackie” cleats

Apr 15, 2014, 7:41 PM EST

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Every player in Major League Baseball — it should be noted that four games have been postponed by rain — will sport No. 42 on Tuesday night to honor Jackie Robinson’s breaking of the color barrier.

Curtis Granderson is not in the Mets’ starting lineup against the host Diamondbacks because of minor rib cage, forearm, and knee injuries that he sustained in a collision with the outfield wall on Monday, but he will be sporting these custom cleats on the bench:

  1. tfbuckfutter - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    Why the shoes gotta be black?

    • historiophiliac - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:17 PM

      Because last year MLB warned Carl Crawford for integrating his foot wear. Blue and white don’t mix.

      http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/17/mlb-didnt-like-carl-crawfords-mismatched-jackie-robinson-commemorative-cleats/comment-page-1/

      • asimonetti88 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:26 PM

        The NFL probably would have fined and suspended Granderson and Crawford for doing this. SMDH at the NFL sometimes.

      • unclemosesgreen - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:01 AM

        When he first got hurt, the shoes said “Thanks Obama.” He just decided to blame Jackie Robinson for a day.

  2. chiadam - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:31 PM

    Even though his name is already on the ROY award, but there should be a Jackie Robinson Courage Award given out annually. The winner should be the one player to wear 42 the following season. I don’t know how to feel about the tradition of everyone wearing his number. Seems off to me. There will be guys that wearing it that don’t deserve to.

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      How does a baseball player go about displaying “courage”?

      • chiadam - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        That’s for someone else to figure out. I know the NFL has a courage award. But I’d rather that than seeing Ryan Braun wearing it. And how often do you randomly put words in quotation marks?

      • tfbuckfutter - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        When it’s appropriate.

  3. chill1184 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Love Curtis (in a manly way)

  4. Barry's Triceps - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Michael Sam has to face way more adversity than Jackie ever did. I learned in public school times are tougher for black guys today. Jim Crow and slavery and the repercussions are def felt more today than ever. Plus I learned in college how without any genetic or biological proof that being gay isn’t a choice and those poor people are enduring civil rights abuse on a level we have never seen before. The general rule of thumb ive gleaned from my education is this: if you aren’t black, you are a bigot. If you aren’t openly committing homosexual acts on the street, then you are a bigot. Dont be a bigot people, its 2014 for gosh sakes.

    #hillary/ Michelle Obama for 2016 prez/vice prez!

    • tfbuckfutter - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:23 PM

      I’m going to go ahead and call shenanigans on the notion that you have any form of legitimate education.

    • unclemosesgreen - Apr 16, 2014 at 8:00 AM

      You are the single dumbest, most obnoxious commenter on this blog, this sentence is undoubtedly the biggest accomplishment of that miserable life. Congratulations.

  5. jrs45 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:25 PM

    “Word?” LOL!

  6. nymets4ever - Apr 15, 2014 at 11:40 PM

    Why do all the tweets from these Mets beat reporters have to be laced with such snark? You guys are nothing more than pencil-necked sportswriter geeks. Know your place and just relay the news without the tude please.

  7. moxdawg4 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Barry’s triceps: I caught zero logic in that. And your second part, sheer jibberish

  8. moxdawg4 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:22 AM

    Barry’s triceps: your comments are shameful. How dare you compare Michael smith to Jackie Robinson’s. Sure, smith has some things in the locker room that are hard, but MOST people don’t agree with your clown ass

  9. nobody78 - Apr 16, 2014 at 12:46 AM

    Cool.

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