Main League Baseball’s current Roberto Clemente Day tribute to the Puerto Rican icon stirred sturdy feelings for each followers and legends throughout the game. The ceremony at Citi Discipline attracted a lot of baseball’s luminaries together with Corridor of Famer Iván Rodríguez, in addition to 14 earlier Roberto Clemente Award winners.
Rodríguez, who was born only a 12 months earlier than Clemente’s deadly airplane crash, grew up idolizing the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder. He defined how deeply important it was for him to have an element in honoring The Nice One.
“It’s particular for us, particular for me, particular for Puerto Rico, Latin America and all the Latinos that play on this stunning sport,” Rodríguez stated at Citi Discipline. “With him as our hero in Puerto Rico, what he didn’t solely on the sphere, however the off the sphere issues he did serving to the group, it was unbelievable for us. The door he opened for me and quite a lot of Latinos and Puerto Rican gamers to play at this stage is wonderful.”
Many gamers benefited from Clemente’s trailblazing path, together with former New York Yankees star Bernie Williams. Talking at Yankee Stadium throughout Roberto Clemente Day, Williams stated how Clemente’s tragic demise impacted a number of generations.
“Roberto Clemente meant loads to my era and the era earlier than me,” Williams stated. “He misplaced his life doing what everyone is named to do as knowledgeable athlete, and that’s to offer again to the group in a second of want. He paid the last word worth for that. … For these issues, Roberto is certainly one of my biggest heroes I can consider in baseball.”
The Clemente Day 2022 celebration was so important for Puerto Rico, governor Pedro Pierluisi flew in to hitch Rodriguez in New York to honor Clemente. The governor stated how Clemente’s life, virtually 50 years after his demise, continues to be a normal for folks all over the place to emulate.
“He represents us higher than anyone else as to what Puerto Rico is all about,” Pierluisi stated. “[He] is an unbelievable instance of what Puerto Ricans can do for our nation at giant and the world.”
The Clemente Day salute additionally resurfaced rumblings of Clemente’s quantity 21 being retired league large. Whereas Pierluisi stated the retire 21 motion is fierce in Puerto Rico, Rodríguez feels it’s pressing for 21 to be within the rafters in any respect MLB stadiums.
“Quantity 21 for us is the quantity all of us respect,” Rodríguez stated. “It’s a quantity we’ve all been ready to be retired. I feel it’s time simply to place it in a phenomenal place within the ballpark; it’s time to retire that quantity. I feel all of us as Puerto Ricans will probably be completely satisfied when that occurs.”