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Tonight the Mets will honor Jackie Robinson at Shea Stadium. Jackie Robinson Day was originally to be commemorated last Sunday, but a rainout pushed the celebration back.

Manager Willie Randolph will be the lone Met wearing Robinson’s No. 42 in tribute tonight, though several Mets had expressed an interest in doing so. Team ownership prefers that Randolph alone bear the honor. Said Mets COO Jeff Wilpon, as quoted in The New York Post:

“As you know, there was no shortage of interest among our players and coaches to wear No. 42 for our celebration of the life of Jackie Robinson,” Wilpon said. “We believe that Willie – as a person and leader, as a New Yorker and Brooklynite, as a family man – embodies Jackie’s nine ideals wonderfully articulated by his daughter, Sharon. Willie has a personal connection to [his wife] Rachel Robinson and the Robinson family. For those reasons we felt the singular focus of Willie wearing 42 would best represent the entire Mets organization in most appropriately honoring Jackie’s enduring legacy.”

Pregame ceremonies will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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