Royals appreciative of Jackie Robinson and their own chanting, believing fans

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KANSAS CTIY, Mo. -- The game and face of baseball changed in 1947, when Jackie Robinson signed to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers.

He had no idea at the time, the move and how he handled himself would become the stepping stone for future players.

Some of the players he paved the way for, now play for the Kansas City Royals.

The Royals locker room couldn't be more diverse, but the players don't see color or foreign languages. They see each of their teammates all wear the same jersey and they'd do anything to protect one another. The man responsible for that attitude, Jackie Robinson.

The movie, 42, about Jackie Robinson's life and struggles, and successes, has opened in Kansas City, and many Royals players were there Thursday night for the special screening.

"I thought it was a great movie man very inspirational movie especially for us African Americans in the game of baseball today. I'm just glad he went through what he went through just to get us guys an opportunity to play the game of baseball and I really appreciate him for that." explained Jarrod Dyson, Royals outfielder.

Third baseman Mike Moustakas knew Jackie's story well before the movie, he learned it growing up playing baseball. He couldn't think of a better way to spend an off day than at the premier with his teammates.

"With the group we have here the range of ethnicity and culture we have here it was awesome to get all that in one place and celebrate Jackie Robinson." said Mike Moustakas, Royals baseman.

Royals pitcher Bruce Chen loved the movie. He too, knew the story, but some of the details surprised him. He never realized Jackie received so much hate mail and death threats.

After a heavy and emotional two-hour film, Chen and his teammates received a surprise as credits started to roll.

"People, they're so excited about how we started the season. They started chanting 'Let's Go Royals' and started clapping! It's one of the greatest feelings. We are over here watching the movie, honoring negro leagues and Negro Leagues Museum, Jackie Robinson, Harrison Ford and it's a baseball movie and all they (the fans) are thinking is Royals! It made us feel really good."

Major League Baseball in honoring Jackie Robinson on Monday, April 15th. They do it to mark the day he first played for the Dodgers in 1947.



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