Apr 15, 2012; Washington, DC, USA; Votto hits a two run RBI double during the eleventh inning against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. The Reds defeated the Nationals 8 - 5 in 11 innings. Players wore the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. (Photo Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Baseball Fans Prepare for Release of 42

With all due respect to Moneyball, I’m not sure there’s been a baseball movie that has created the anticipation that 42 has. I know Moneyball received 6 Oscar nominations. I know the book sold a bazillion copies. Something different this time. Might be because we’re talking about Jackie Robinson, the man, the legend.

While 42 goes into national release today, you can catch more regarding the film and Robinson. Tomorrow at 4:00 PM ET, MLB Network will air a special Studio 42 with Bob Costas. On the show, Costas is joined by actors Chadwick Boseman (who played the role of Jackie Robinson), Harrison Ford (who portrays Brooklyn Dodgers President and GM Branch Rickey), and Dodger great Don Newcombe.

During the one-hour show, Boseman and Ford talk about what drew them to the movie and Newcombe reflects on his good friend as both a baseball player and a person.

Here’s a small sample from the show. In this, Newcombe tells of a couple of events which involve Robinson’s talent.

Nine? Not surprising…

If you miss the show on Saturday, MLB Network will re-air it on Sunday evening at 10:00 PM ET.

Also, we’d like to hear from you if you have a chance to see 42 this coming weekend. Let’s us know what you thought about the movie. Provide your own review. To read some reviews, you can head to Rotten Tomatoes and/or IMDb and see what the critics and moviegoers are saying about the film.

Monday is Jackie Robinson Day around all of the MLB. The Reds will be home hosting the Phillies.

Here’s a trailer for the movie. Enjoy.

(H/T to MLB Network)

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  • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

    I am looking forward to seeing the movie, not this weekend, even though I am not a huge Jackie Robinson man. I truly think MLB goes up and over the top on him. Putting his number on everyone’s uniform is hyperbole. A patch on everybody’s sleeve would do him justice and not make it difficult for a fan who recognizes players by their number. In fact, they could force everyone to wear a patch on their sleeve full time. Speaking of which, why is Mo Rivera the only player permitted to wear the number 42 regularly?

    • http://blogredmachine.com/ Steve O’Red

      He already had the number when the edict was made that no other payer would wear it again. After Mo retires, no one will.

      I have no issue with how MLB handles Robinson and the placing of his number on every player’s uniform. It is for one time a year.

      • Cliff@RedsToTheBone

        But we are talking about baseball, not politics or civil rights. I mean, it isn’t like he was a great player like Ruth, Mays or Aaron. They don’t get a day. Just sayin’