Some day in the near future, there will be a more enduring tribute to the player who broke baseball's color barrier 68 years ago.
As part of Civil Rights Game festivities that preceded a 5-2 victory over the
The statue would be the first of its kind at Dodger Stadium.
"I've been waiting 20 years," said Robinson's widow, Rachel Robinson. "It's the fulfillment of a dream."
Dodgers President Stan Kasten offered few details about the project, saying he didn't know when the statue would be made or where it would be placed.
But Kasten indicated it would be the first of a series.
"I would not be surprised if there are more to come," Kasten said.
There will be no shortage of candidates.
As the project develops, there will almost certainly be calls from fans to construct statues of the likes of Vin Scully, Sandy Koufax, Tom Lasorda, Maury Wills and Fernando Valenzuela.
Presently, the most notable display for former players are the retired numbers on the facade of the suite level near the left-field foul pole. The numbers are also displayed in a plaza near the entrance at the top of the park.
With the exception of Jim Gilliam, the only players whose numbers are retired are Hall of Fame members. A former All-Star, Gilliam was a coach when he died shortly before 1978 World Series.
Valenzuela isn't in the Hall of Fame, but his No. 34 is unofficially retired, as clubhouse manager Mitch Poole has steadfastly refused to issue it to another player.
If Wednesday offered the Dodgers an opportunity to reflect on their history, it also granted
Gonzalez was two for five with a double and a run batted in in the Dodgers' victory, which completed a three-game sweep.
Gonzalez has reached base two or more times in each of the first nine games of the season.
The last Dodgers players to do that had been Robinson in 1952, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Gonzalez's sixth-inning double was 19th hit this season, which gave him more hits through the first nine games of a season than any player in club history.
The Dodgers went ahead, 3-0, in the first inning, which was highlighted by a two-run double by
Gonzalez increased the advantage to 4-0 when he singled in
Center fielder Joc Pederson singled in
Pederson also continued to make contributions on defense, making a diving catch in right-center field to take away a likely extra-base hit from
The most bizarre play was made by the player to whom Manager Don Mattingly has compared Pederson: Mariners second baseman