DENVER -- D-backs first-base coach Eric Young jogged to his post in the first inning Sunday afternoon proudly wearing No. 42 on his back.
Young, like all others in Major League Baseball, wore No. 42 to honor the late Jackie Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier 65 years ago with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
"It took a special man to go through what he went through, the trials and tribulations and the sufferings, but also the joy and the happiness," Young said. "When I reflect and think about what he did for society it sends chills through my body. Every time. For me to put on this uniform and wear this 42 jersey, it's an honor, it's a privilege, but more importantly we are honoring a very special man."
Major League Baseball retired Robinson's number in 1997. The number was already off limits to Young when he broke into the big leagues in 1992 because he did so with the Dodgers, who had already retired it.
Young, though, wanted to find a way to honor Robinson so he chose No. 21, half of 42.
"I said that if I could be half the man and half the player that Jackie was, that I felt like my life would be fulfilled," Young said. "For him to endure and impact so many people. Not just giving us the opportunity to play Major League Baseball and wear this big league uniform, but how it changed a lot of people's thinking."