As Major League Baseball continues to honor Jackie Robinson each season, the Rays were proud to have each player and coach wear his number. On April 16 while in Boston, the Rays wore No. 42 on their road jerseys to support Jackie Robinson Day.
Once the team returned from their road trip, they honored Jackie Robinson at home by running the Jackie Robinson PSA on the scoreboard and recognizing their Jackie Robinson Scholar, Petra Greenridge. The Rays also had a special guest on that Friday when Sharon Robinson, Jackie's daughter, was at Tropicana Field for a special presentation.
Sharon Robinson leads the MLB initiative Breaking Barriers Essay Contest. The Rays were honored when a young man, Tyler Degener (age 14) was selected as a runner-up in the nationwide essay contest. This contest recognizes students who have overcome personal barriers using the values of Jackie Robinson. Tyler Degener is a student at the Dreams Are Free School in Sarasota. He and his family were invited out to the game where he was honored and threw out the first pitch with Sharon Robinson.