David Price. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Red Sox pitcher David Price didn't love everything about Patriots' Day this year.
Every April 15th since 2004, Major League Baseball's celebrated Jackie Robinson Day. All players for every team wear No. 42 to honor the anniversary Robinson broke baseball's color barrier.
But, not everyone played.
The lefty tweeted to MLB, saying all teams should play on Jackie Robinson Day...no one should have an off-day, let alone 10 clubs. That's a third of the sport! To Price, it plays into a larger issue about the game's ineffectiveness marketing its star African American players, like his Boston teammate Mookie Betts.
Price also voiced his concerns to commissioner Rob Manfred and Players' Association director Tony Clark.
The MLB responded, noting, in a perfect world, all teams would play Jackie Robinson Day, but there were scheduling challenges with travel days, and clubs that were off wore 42 the next day instead. Execs said that's not ideal, but the benefit is it extends the celebration and awareness an extra ay to allow everyone to participate.
No word on whether that's good enough for Price.
WBZ NewsRadio's Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) reports