ST. LOUIS — It was Jackie Robinson Day all through baseball on Friday and Dexter Fowler, an African American veteran on the St. Louis Cardinals’ roster, stated it was “an honor” to be enjoying and sporting No. 42.
“This can be a day that’s tremendous emotional to me and I don’t take No. 42 flippantly, particularly with the local weather these days,” stated Fowler earlier than the Cardinals performed the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium.
As one step in commemorating Robinson and in addition serving to to convey additional consciousness to racial equality in mild of the capturing of a Black man by a white police officer in Wisconsin the opposite day, Fowler stated he would donate his wage from Wednesday’s recreation that he sat out in protest.
“I made a decision to place my cash the place my mouth is,” he stated. “I’ve the means to do this and that’s the least I can do.”
Fowler, in an Instagram assertion, stated, “The legacy of Jackie Robinson lives on as we rejoice #42 at this time. The story doesn’t cease there.
“Selecting to not play on Wednesday was a deeply private difficulty. I wished to take a stance within the continued struggle in opposition to police brutality and systemic racism.
“My actions can’t and won’t cease there.”
Fowler stated he would analysis Las Vegas- and St. Louis-based organizations which can be targeted on racial equality and social justice.
“I’m honored to be part of the Black neighborhood in MLB — the one which Jackie created and the one which we’re persevering with,” Fowler stated within the assertion.
Chatting with the media earlier than the sport, the 34-year-old Fowler stated, “Clearly, the previous few days have been fairly emotional. I wished to play baseball however some issues are higher than baseball. African Individuals on this nation have been hurting for a while, and I took that day simply to convey consciousness.”
Fowler stated he additionally went by way of some feelings driving house that evening whereas his workforce was getting ready to play the Kansas Metropolis Royals. And, then when he received house, his 6-year-old daughter, Naya, had a burning query for him.
“Daddy, why aren’t you enjoying tonight?”
“I needed to clarify that to her,” stated Fowler, “and he or she goes, ‘That’s not proper.’ For a 6-year-old to understand the distinction between proper and mistaken undoubtedly hits house.”
Fowler stated he had talked to his father about his determination to not play. “He’s one of many guys I lean on on a regular basis and he stated, ‘I feel you’re making the appropriate determination.’ With that, I went on and did it,” Fowler stated.
“Hopefully, the dialog retains going.”
Requested whether or not he had private expertise of racial injustice, Fowler, who grew up within the Atlanta space, stated, “That’s for an entire one other day.”
As customary, gamers wore uniforms with no particular person names on the jerseys with all gamers sporting Robinson’s No. 42, which is retired all through baseball in honor of the Brooklyn Dodgers Corridor of Fame infielder’s perseverance in and after breaking baseball’s coloration barrier in 1947.