The phrase "what goes up, must come down" might be about gravity, but it fits baseball pretty well.
Just ask the Seattle Mariners.
After jumping out to a red-hot (and frankly, shocking) 13-2 start to the 2019 season, the Mariners have drifted back down to earth. Since that opening salvo, Seattle has won just three of its last 12 games, including a trio of sweeps at the hands of the Padres, Astros and Indians. Now, the Ms sit behind Houston in the AL West.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully joined the widow of Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball's color barrier during Robinson's centennial birthday celebration Monday night.
Scully greeted 96-year-old Rachel Robinson with a kiss after being introduced to the crowd, with Scully drawing the loudest cheers in a rare public appearance.
He stood behind Rachel with his hands holding her arms during the national anthem at Dodger Stadium. They were joined by Robinson's daughter, Sharon, and son, David, who linked arms with their mother as they walked on the field.
Robinson became the first black player in Major League Baseball with the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Scully began calling the team's games three years later, and the now-retired Hall of Fame announcer was friendly off the field with the man he called "Jack."
Only 7.7% of current MLB players are black, according to MLB.
"If not for Jackie Robinson, I probably wouldn't be here today playing baseball in the United States," said Cincinnati Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig, who came from Cuba to chase his pro aspirations. "That's the reason we respect this day."
Robinson, who died at age 53 in 1972, would have turned 100 on Jan. 31.
His No. 42 was worn by every major leaguer Monday. The number was retired around the league in 1997.
"For me, it's a big opportunity and responsibility that I hold very dear to my heart," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "To put this uniform on today and wear that number today, 42, it's always special."
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black recalled reading about Robinson as a youngster.
"To this day I still read about him," Black said in San Diego. "What a pioneer. What a great example of a human being and what he meant to our country, and in the bigger picture, what he meant...
18 games into what was supposed to be a down year, the Seattle Mariners are in rarified air. The club's explosive offensive start has been fun for fans to watch, but it's also historically significant: Seattle now holds the MLB record for most consecutive games with a home run to open a season.