of course, the day Roberto Clemente in baseball this year big league He will climb to higher levels, and this time there will be spectators in the stands.
At last year’s celebration, for the first time since his tragic death on December 31, 1972, several Major League players displayed the number 21 on their uniforms, which Clemente immortalized in his 18 years with Los Angeles. Pittsburgh Pirates.
And although this year Major League Baseball (MLB) is once again leaving it to the discretion of players to repeat the gesture on September 15 – confirmed by VP of Communications John Blundell – Luis Roberto Clemente revealed other initiatives. Newspapers will also be included. , one of the three sons of the late sportsperson and Hall of Famer.
“There is going to be an activity with the pirates in the morning on September 15th. I suggested they be clinics. At 1:00 pm, Mayor Bill Peduto will posthumously present the keys to the city to the ‘old man’,” said Luis Roberto .
“But, I made a promise that I would be in charge of honoring the legacy of both (his father Roberto Clemente and his mother Vera Zabala, who died in 2019), and we want the bridge to be renamed. And they are going to announce it on that day,” he told new day Clemente’s son, referring to the fact that road infrastructure work connecting to PNC Park, now home of a pirate named Roberto Clemente, would also be Zabala’s name.
Luis Roberto also announced that activities should include the unveiling of a statue in honor of his mother near the bridge leading to the stadium, to be placed next to the former Pirates outfielder.
Along with his children, Zabala was in charge of carrying the name of Clemente everywhere for 46 years until his death in November 2019, in order to preserve his memory, in addition to emulating the many humanitarian actions the player had done in life. . Joe reached 3,000 major league hits three months before his tragic death.
Months after his passing, Clemente would be posthumously inducted into the Cooperstown Hall of Fame after a special vote. And over the years, Zabala was named one of Major League Baseball’s ambassadors.
Last year, Puerto Ricans and other Latino players from various teams in the majors wore Clemente’s number 21, some on the reverse side to replace their number, while others wore a similar patch to 21 or a sticker on crash helmets. Was.
At the same time, a request to remove Clemente’s number 21 from all majors began to ring again, as did number 42 for Jackie Robinson, the first black player to reach the major leagues.
According to Clemente Jr., following the Pirates’ initiative to ask MLB for permission to use all 21 numbers on his back on Roberto Clemente Day, he received a call from former player Carlos Berga informing him that several active Puerto Rican players, they wanted to join the initiative. A movement was slowly built up until the MLB also agreed.
According to Luis Roberto, there were doubts on the part of MLB at first, but things got out of hand when players began to publicly express their interest.
Luis Roberto also said that an idea he proposed last year, but did not have time to implement it, was that the player nominated every year for the Roberto Clemente Award – an award given during the World Series – Will wear patches too. With the number 21, but with a distinctive color.
While it was not clear whether it would be considered this year, Blundell referred to the same issue in a written message to this newspaper.
“We plan to allow players to wear the number 21 if they choose to do so, among other things that we will do to honor this year’s Roberto Clemente Award nominees,” Blundell said.
they organize a trip
Luis Roberto, on the other hand, announced that those interested in being part of activities in Pittsburgh can get involved by contacting Good Quality Travel at 787-299-4158. This yatra will take place from 13 to 17 September.
The pirate outfit, for which Roberto Clemente played his entire career, designed a ceremony in style for Roberto Clemente Day. (The Associated Press)
Patrolman Gregory Polanco looks at the giant “21” that the pirate organization has added to the right field as part of the Roberto Clemente Day celebration. (The Associated Press)
Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell (left) receives a Roberto Clemente Award from franchise owner Bob Nutting before the start of the game against the Chicago White Sox. (The Associated Press)
Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, including former player and coach Joey Cora (before left), greet the crowd after the Roberto Clemente ceremony at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (The Associated Press)
Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates during a ceremony in honor of Roberto Clemente at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. (The Associated Press)
Puerto Rican pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, Joe Jimenez, talks with St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina. Both wore Clemente’s 21 on their uniforms. (The Associated Press)
The San Diego Padres’ Dominican-American third baseman, Manny Machado, was one of several Latino players to wear Clemente’s 21 on his uniform. (The Associated Press)
Puerto Rican Enrique “Kayke” Hernandez touches Clemente’s number 21 on his uniform after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (The Associated Press)
Hernandez made a home run in the second inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. (The Associated Press)
Veteran Dominican slugger Albert Pujols wore Clemente’s 21 on his batting helmet. (The Associated Press)
Texas Rangers player Jose Trevino opted to put Clemente’s uniform number on the sleeve of his sports shirt. (The Associated Press)
Kansas City Royals shortstop Raul Adalberto Mondesi (left), son of Raul Mondessi, celebrates with Whit Merrifield defeating the Cleveland Indians. (The Associated Press)
Greg Holland (left) and Cam Gallagher of the Kansas City Royals have Clemente’s uniform number affixed to the sleeve of their shirts. (The Associated Press)
A memorial with a small plaque in honor of Roberto Clemente, a farm worker, raises the base. (The Associated Press)
Venezuelan pitcher Carlos Carrasco of the Cleveland Indians also honored Clemente’s memory by wearing his number on his uniform. (The Associated Press)
Venezuelan Royals outfielder Edward Olivares shows a similar number on the sleeve of his shirt during a bat. (The Associated Press)