D-backs happy to honor Jackie in LA

D-backs happy to honor Jackie in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Jackie Robinson Day ceremonies are special throughout baseball, but none top the ones at Dodger Stadium.

"It's real cool," D-backs center fielder Chris Young said. "He played for the Dodgers and we'll be here in the middle of everything. It's just something I want to take in when I'm out there on the field and just be proud to be a part of."

Every D-backs player and coach wore No. 42 on Thursday to honor Robinson, who wore the number during his playing days with the Dodgers.

"That adds to it," D-backs right fielder Justin Upton said of being at Dodger Stadium. "But it's an honor in general to be in the big leagues and get to wear his number for a day. It's always special. What Jackie Robinson did for the game, giving us an opportunity to play the game, it's an honor to wear his number."

Dodger legends Willie Davis, Lou Johnson, Tommy Lasorda and Don Newcombe joined former MVP Frank Robinson and former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the pregame ceremonies.

"He had to go through all the tough things that we don't have to go through as much of," Young said. "I think it's deserving that the entire league is wearing No. 42, not just a few guys. I think that shows a lot of respect to his legacy and the impact he had on the game."