McCutchen reacts to Chadwick Boseman's death, recalls their meeting originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The surreal news of actor Chadwick Boseman's death broke late in the Phillies' game Friday night against the Braves.
Boseman was only 43 years old, and the timing only added to the tragedy. Boseman portrayed Jackie Robinson in the 2013 film 42. Robinson was celebrated across baseball on Friday night, the 57th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech.
Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen expressed his condolences after the game, recalling his meeting with Boseman in 2013.
Boseman had privately been battling colon cancer since 2016. He died at home with his family by his side, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account.
Earlier Friday, McCutchen spoke about the "full circle" feel of Jackie Robinson Day in 2020 given the societal unrest, racial injustice and instances of police brutality in America. The Phillies were one of 14 MLB teams to sit out Thursday in protest of those ongoing issues.