The Nationals and Phillies all wore #42 Saturday night at Nationals Park in honor of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in baseball.
Nats outfielder Willie Harris told me it’s special to wear the #42 and he tries to play hard like Jackie Robinson always did.
He said he plays every day like it’s his last because you never know when you might be injured and finished for good.
He also told me there is a decline with the number of African American players in major league baseball and that is disappointing.
Willie believes current African American players need to reach out to more kids in the inner city in an attempt to sway them toward the game of baseball. That is something he is very passionate about, and he is one of the most genuine people when it comes to giving back to the community.
Like Jackie Robinson, he truly cares about the future of the game for other minorities.
So much progress has been made since Jackie Robinson first stepped on a major league baseball field as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers, and players like Willie Harris are crucial in keeping his legacy alive