Players eager, honored to don No. 42

D-backs eager to honor Robinson

PHOENIX -- Orlando Hudson was not pleased with the question.

"C'mon, man, you ought to know better than to ask," he said. "Of course I'm going to wear No. 42. It's Jackie Robinson, man."

Hudson will be one of several D-backs players who will take advantage of Commissioner Bud Selig's decision to annually allow players to wear Robinson's retired No. 42 on April 15.

Last year, six D-backs players wore No. 42, including Hudson and outfielder Chris Young, who also plans on doing so again.

"I appreciate that I wouldn't be where I am today if not for Jackie Robinson," said Young, who recently signed a $28 million contract extension. "It's an honor and a privilege to wear his number."

Outfielder Eric Byrnes, who also wore the number last year, has long been a fan of Robinson. Byrnes, like Robinson, attended UCLA and while there, Byrnes wrote his thesis on Robinson and the impact he had on society, not just baseball.

"Yeah, I want to wear it again, of course," Byrnes said.

The D-backs play in San Francisco on April 15 so they will be wearing their gray jerseys. Last season they wore their red ones that day.

Steve Gilbert is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.