Garret Anderson Agrees w/ LAist that He's Not Worthy To Wear Dodger Great's Number on Sunday
A week after LAist judged Angel outfielder Garret Anderson for refusing to wear Jackie Robinson's number on Jackie Robinson Day, it appears that the All-Star is agreeing with us.
After explaining how Anderson was approached by Major League Baseball to wear the retired number during Sunday's game, the 60th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier, but passed on donning # 42 because it was Ken Griffey's idea, we concluded that anyone that shallow and ignorant does not deserve to wear the Dodger great's number.
In our opinion Anderson is a punk who doesn’t deserve to wear Robinson’s number. Anderson is everything that Jackie wasn’t, he’s the modern day selfish athlete who doesn’t care about baseball traditions, history, the African American struggle, or common fucking sense. - LAist, 4/5
In an article posted late yesterday, veteran sportswriter Bob Nightingale quoted Anderson in USA Today as now saying that he doesn't deserve to wear it.
Los Angeles Angels left fielder Garret Anderson said he won't wear No. 42. "I just don't feel I'm worthy of it." - USA Today 4/11
Not only does it seem like Anderson is now agreeing with us, but it also seems to contradict former Dodger and current Angel manager Mike Scioscia's explanation of the diss when he said that GA misunderstood the invitation and thought the offer was for only Jr. and Anderson to wear the number - even though that would make no freaking sense.Meanwhile, dozens of players have accepted the invitation from baseball to wear Robinson's number, which has been retired from every baseball team for ten years, but several teams including the Dodgers will have their entire 25-man roster wearing the number.
After the jump, via USA Today, a list of the players and teams who will be wearing #42 on Sunday.