The movie 42 is a true story about Jackie Robinson, the first black Major League Baseball player in 1947. It was a good movie. Some of the language – as you can imagine – was pretty hard to hear. Made me cringe every time I heard the “N” word. People can be cruel. There was a particularly harsh segment where a manager of the opposing team stood outside of the dugout and just spewed evil things every time Jackie was up to bat. The razzing was obviously meant to rattle his composure and strike out looking.
Several scenes were filmed in Birmingham. Rickwood Field is the oldest working baseball stadium in the United States. I’m pretty sure every game scene was shot at the field.
This week, Birmingham is also home to the newest baseball stadium in the United States. The Birmingham Barons have played in the suburb of Hoover for several years, but their new Regions Field opened in downtown Birmingham less than one week ago.
Saturday, Boy and his Gal Pal invited me and Hubby to see the new stadium and catch a game. It was a beautiful night for baseball. The stadium is pretty nice, although not completely finished yet. Our seats were located just past third base. Great view! But easy pickings on the Left Fielder for the opposing team. During the 1st inning, the Barons made hit after hit, run after run, until the score reached 11 – 0. Unfortunately, many of those hits landed in the left fielder’s zone and he never caught a single one of them…hence the razzing began.
Poor “Danny” the Left Fielder, couldn’t catch a break from Boy. Mind you, Boy was not spewing evil, and there were no harsh words as dozens of children were just within earshot. Rather harmless razzing. Everyone in our section laughed.
The very next day, Boy was at work (he is a GM at a local drinking establishment) and a handful of Barons’ team members came in. Sure enough they recognized Boy as the “drunken yelling guy”. Now they know where to go to razz him when he’s at work!
Today is the day everyone in MLB wears the number 42. The only number retired from baseball forever. Happy Jackie Robinson Day!