Sandberg, Howard talk about impact of Robinson

Sandberg, Howard talk about impact of Robinson

NEW YORK -- The Phillies wore No. 42 jerseys Wednesday to celebrate Jackie Robinson Day at Citi Field.

Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he heard plenty of Robinson stories when Don Zimmer managed the Cubs from 1988-1991.

Robinson and Zimmer played together with the Dodgers.

"He just liked his wild abandon on the bases," Sandberg said. "His aggressive, total aggressive approach to playing the game in all aspects. He also remembered like 10 or 15 times he stole home."

Said Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard: "The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Jackie Robinson is hero. Robinson is a hero because he helped pave the way for me to be able to play in this game today."

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone. Follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.