White Sox players feel honored to wear No. 42 in Robinson's memory - Wire - Lifestyle - bellinghamherald.com
White Sox players feel honored to wear No. 42 in Robinson's memory
By DAVE VAN DYCK - Chicago Tribune
Major League Baseball celebrated the 64th anniversary of Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier Friday, with all players wearing the No. 42.
"It's a great honor to put on the No. 42 jersey because of what he stood for, on the field and off the field," Juan Pierre said. "He was a remarkable man. That's why 64 years later we're still talking about him. That's the kind of man he was. You can't be an average guy and get talked about in this magnitude 64 years later.
"What if he would have had the week I had last week with the misplayed balls on the field. He already was getting death threats because of his color. To play and keep his composure, he was definitely the perfect person to begin all this. If it was anybody else, I don't know where we would be, not just baseball-wise but as a country.
Added pitcher Edwin Jackson: "This is not just another day. We wear that jersey for a reason, a monumental reason. I can definitely say he was a stronger guy than me because I don't know if I would have been able to endure (the discrimination and threats) he went through."
On the Mark: With Adam Dunn back as designated hitter, Mark Teahen will head back to his utility role. But his recent play won't be forgotten, not after going 5-for-12 with a homer and three RBIs in four starts.
"He will play. I don't say I promise him, but I told myself I will find at-bats for him," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I want to give Dunn more at-bats because he lost 7 to 8 games, but I told (Teahen) it's still early and he will get his at-bats. I don't want to lose him that much. I'll pick a spot to play him."
Meanwhile, Dunn said he was holding up well from his emergency appendectomy despite going 1-for-8 in two games before the weekend series.
"Feels good," he said. "Pain's just about gone."
Extra innings: Outfielder Stefan Gartrell was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte, leaving the White Sox 40-man roster at 37. ... Friday marked the beginning of 20 consecutive playing dates without a day off for the Sox. ... The Sox are 4-0-1 in their last five series against the Angels.