Mets' Marcus Stroman shows off Jackie Robinson tattoo on Jackie Robinson Day

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Colin Martin
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Jackie Robinson Citi Field
Jackie Robinson Citi Field

On April 15, 1947, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball and made his MLB debut. The league has held Jackie Robinson Day every year on April 15 since 2004, and has requested that every player and coach wear his No. 42 during games on the day since 2009.

Mets starting pitcher Marcus Stroman took to Twitter prior to the team's game getting rained out, and showed off his honorary Jackie Robinson tattoo.

"Got you tatted for a reason. Beyond grateful for your heroic presence through dark times. Your sacrifices allowed me to play the game I love today. Forever thankful for you. Thank you Jackie!" Stroman said.

Manager Luis Rojas spoke about Robinson's place in baseball and what he's done to impact the lives of everyone in the sport from different countries and ethnicities.

"Yes, it's a big big day," Rojas said. "We can only say thank you to Jackie Robinson. Breaking the barrier. I think me being here right now, and doing what I love is because of him. I think he led to a lot of doors to be open for the inclusion of different ethnicities in the game. We just got to say thank you. That's what you want to do in life, you want to impact everyone, and I think that's what Jackie did in this game, he impacted a lot of people, he impacted a lot lives.

"Look where I'm at right now, and I think that's because of him. I think all the people that followed his footsteps of course, to break barriers, is what led to a lot of different people to play the game from different countries and different ethnicities. We can all say thank you. Coming in today and actually seeing the Jackie Robinson t-shirt, I'm not wearing it right now, I thought it was a little big. But I would love to wear it all the time and it makes me proud. We can only say thank you for what he did, it's definitely impacting lives still."