Tonight the Dodgers, like every team in baseball, will wear number 42, as they battle the Cardinals at Dodger Stadium. Since beginning the practice of everyone wearing Jackie Robinson's number in 2007, the Dodgers are undefeated on April 15. Here's a look back to the last for Jackie Robinson Days at Dodger Stadium.
2007 - Dodgers 9, Padres 3: The Dodgers busted out with 13 hits and stole five bases. The five steals perhaps were inspired by Robinson's legacy, but I'm guessing Chris Young starting for the Padres had more to do with it. "Our guys should remember it for the rest of their careers," Juan Pierre told Steve Henson of the LA Times. "Standing in the outfield and seeing all the infielders with No. 42 on their backs, it was a special moment."
2008 - Dodgers 11, Pirates 2: Hong-Chih Kuo started (his second-to-last MLB start), and struck out six in four innings, but Esteban Loaiza got the win with five innings of relief. The Dodgers brought out the whooping stick on Matt Morris, and for the game had three doubles, a triple, and two home runs.
2009 - Dodgers 5, Giants 4: Clayton Kershaw was brilliant, striking out 13 batters in seven innings, allowing only one hit, a solo home run to Bengie Molina. Ronald Belisario blew the lead, allowing a three-run home run in the eighth to Aaron Rowand, but the Dodgers clawed back and won on a walk-off walk by James Loney.
2010 - Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 5: The Dodgers cut a 5-3 lead to 5-4 in the ninth, but were about to lose when Casey Blake grounded to Stephen Drew for the final out...only Drew threw the ball, well, you have to see it:
That tied the game in the ninth, and Andre Ethier did what he does, ending the game in the 10th with a walk-off RBI single.
So, that's four games with everyone wearing 42 at Dodger Stadium, and four Dodgers wins. Ethier has played in all four games, getting at least two hits in each game, and is 9-for-17 with two doubles, a home run, and seven RBI. Kemp has played in the last three, and is hitting .385/.429/.846 with a double, triple, and home run.
Will the Dodgers make it five straight tonight?
UPDATE: Thanks to K3Vo, who pointed out that the Dodgers also wore number 42 on April 16 last year, as did the Giants, as San Francisco had an off day on April 15. The Dodgers, behind two Ethier home runs (sense a pattern?), won that game, too, 10-8.