Loons Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day

The Great Lakes Loons had a special Jackie Robinson celebration today

On Sunday all of Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The same was true at Dow Diamond where the Los Angeles Dodgers Low Class-A team not only picked up a 6-5 win but wore their Dodgers uniforms and it front of their dugout was the number 42 painted on the field.

"Historically, Jackie Robinson coming into baseball, that was a big turning point in history," said John Shoemaker. "Being a member with the Dodgers it's a big moment for me, I feel the tradition and history the Dodgers have with Jackie Robinson and moving west makes them the best organization in baseball."

It was a special day for another coach on the Loons staff.

Hitting coach Razor Shines spent four years with the Montreal Expos in his 16 years of playing professional baseball which none of could've been possible if not for Robinson.

Coach Shines was able to pass on his knowledge and love for the game that Robinson made possible to his son Devin Shines.

It just so happens that this season Devin is on the Loons team with his father and he came up huge for the team on Jackie Robinson Day by hitting what ended up being the game winning home run in the seventh inning.

"Jackie Robinson means a lot to him (Razor)," Devin said. "Robinson was one of his heroes growing up so today was a special day and to have his son here and hit a home run he was pretty excited."

The Loons were able to wear their Dodgers uniforms that are normally reserved for Tuesday because of the special day. Shines and the players on this day took it a step further wearing the stirrup socks and writing 42 on a taped wristband.

"It's an honor (to wear the Dodgers uniforms)," Shines said. "Jackie Robinson did a lot for this game and for this organization, for me to be with this organization on this day is a special feeling."

The team loves to wear the jerseys not only for the honor but it just so happens they are unbeaten (2-0) when they wear the Dodger blues. "I love it (wearing the Dodgers uniforms) first of all they are lighter and it was a little warmer today so that was awesome," said designated hitter Scott Schebler. "Then you have the name behind, the best organization in baseball; the importance (of Jackie Robinson) you can't even put it into words."