Washington’s Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies decided to postpone the series finale in D.C. last night, but Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez told reporters in a joint press conference he fully expected his club would be back on the field for tonight’s series opener in Boston, MA.
“Yeah, I’m definitely hoping we play,” Martinez said.
“I want our guys to — we want to get to Boston, hopefully get a good night’s rest, and come back tomorrow and play tomorrow.
“Tomorrow is another special day. It’s Jackie Robinson Day, so for me, I think Jackie would want us to play tomorrow.
“He brought unity to this game, and I think it’s important to remember that.”
Major League Baseball moved their celebration of Jackie Robinson’s color-barrier breaking debut, which is held on the anniversary of the date he first played for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15th in 1947, with baseball shutdown amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic this Spring, and decided to hold it today instead.
“I think it’s one of the biggest days of the major league calendar and of the calendar in general,” Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo said this past April.
“I think he’s one of the most important people in American society and not only sports.
“I think it’s a fitting tribute that we have a day to honor him each year, and it’s very fitting that it’s during the baseball season, and although we won’t be playing any games this year, we certainly will stop and remember what he’s meant not only to the game of baseball but to the fabric of America.”
“Nobody tells you what a strong man he was to endure some of the things that he had to endure for this game,” Martinez said on Jackie Robinson Day 2019. “And people need to realize too that he was an unbelievable baseball player. People seem to forget that because of what he went through, but he was one of the best players in baseball.”
The baseball world will honor Robinson tonight, and the Nationals will take on the Red Sox in Fenway Park.
HERE’S THE NATIONALS’ LINEUP FOR THE OPENER WITH THE RED SOX:
4⃣2⃣#Jackie42 // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/UuA5yi7Pdl— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) August 28, 2020