Torri Hunter, outfielder for the LA Angels:
This is what Los Angeles Angels outfield Torii Hunter said, to USA Today: “This is supposed to be an honor, and just a handful of guys wearing the number. Now you’ve got entire teams doing it. I think we’re killing the meaning. It should be special wearing Jackie’s number, not just because it looks cool.”
What upset Hunter, he says now, was this: The Houston Astros had no black players on their team last April, and yet the entire team wore No. 42. Said Hunter: “That got it away from, ‘OK, we don’t have any blacks,’
So, you can have an entire team of people, mixed races, all honoring the contribution of Jackie Robinson not only to sports but race relations in the US, and it’s wrong? Is Tori really saying the only people who can wear 42 are black athletes? So much for showing solidarity.
Tori’s comment may be understandable because Houston didn’t have any black players, but there were a handful of Latin players on the team in 2007. I think it would be ignorance to say that Jackie Robinson didn’t open the door for them as well.