It’s a day to dream and at a time when reality feels like a nightmare for a great many, that idea might not provide much comfort. I, a white dude who below averagely writes about baseball, cannot possibly speak to anything Martin Luther King Jr. said or did and I can’t really say one way or the other where his legacy and cultural impact stands today. So, instead, I’ll just point out this quote, which I hadn’t seen before:
“Jackie Robinson made my success possible. Without him, I would never have been able to do what I did.”
That comes from a longer article about Jackie Robinson’s own legacy and how it set the stage for the Civil Rights movement. I don’t necessarily agree with the conclusions drawn in the article, but I’m using that King quote within it about the larger point that it only takes one person to inspire countless people, and if Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and message has done nothing else, it’s at least inspired every generation that followed him to examine race relations in the country and at least consider the question of where we stand as a civilization.
Too many people don’t bother to examine these questions very deeply at all, but for the rest of us, that’s just another call to action.
Meanwhile, on a completely unrelated note and as a way of tying this post back to the Giants — today is both Mike Krukow’s and Brandon Crawford’s birthday. It’s weird to think it, but given their respective ages (67 and 32), we’re very likely witnessing their final few years with the Giants in their roles. That’s a staggering thought, and one I’ll put off a deeper examination of for the time being.