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Richard Justice

Granderson appreciates Robinson's legacy

Justice: Granderson appreciates Robinson

NEW YORK -- Jackie Robinson's legacy is sacred for everyone in Major League Baseball. As Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "He's an example for all of us. At times, we're all going to be tested in life. It's just a great day, and I think players look forward to it. It's an honor to put on No. 42."

Still, it's different for minorities because they walked through doors that Robinson opened. On Opening Day, 203 Major League players were from Latin America.

"You look at our coaching staff," Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson said. "We have a Latin American bench coach [Tony Pena]. We have an African-American bullpen coach [Mike Harkey]. You just look at the diversity. It all started with Jackie Robinson 65 years ago. Helping the Civil Rights movement. Helping open up many doors, for any and everybody."

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