MLB Press Release
Major Leaguers and Commissioner Selig react to seeing "42"
The Film, which Hits Theaters Nationwide Today, Tells the Story of the Hall of Famer's Journey to Breaking Baseball's Color Barrier
MLB Clubs and players had the opportunity to see advanced screenings of "42," which debuts today and stars Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson and Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers executive who signed Jackie to the team. Presented by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, "42" is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland and is a Legendary Pictures Production. Many players saw the film during Spring Training, such as Matt Kemp who was the host of the official screening for the Los Angeles Dodgers and also hosted a second screening for a group of kids from the Los Angeles area. Others attended screenings on off-days during the Regular Season, such as Bryce Harper who saw the film at the White House. Several of these players took to Twitter to offer their reactions after seeing the movie and commented on how important Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson is to them:
Adam Jones (@SimplyAJ10): "Just got a private screening of #42 and I must say it was a real blessing to see how Mr. Robinson over came the nonsense and played the game"
Andrew McCutchen (@TheCUTCH22): "saw '42' back in December…one of the best movies I've ever seen! Pumped to hear what you all think #Jackie42"
Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP): "Watched the screening of #42 and it was a GOOD movie! THANK U #JackieRobinson #BranchRickey for changing the WORLD! #ItsAMustSee"
Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407): "What an incredible showing tonight of the movie 42! So moving and just an unbelievable story! He's a hero to all! #42"
CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia): "Just got out of a private screening of 42. It was Incredible. He is truly an American hero!"
Justin Upton (@JUP_8TL): "Special off day having a chance to watch the movie '42.' Such an honor to enjoy the story of a legend. #42Atlanta"
Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp): "Private #42movie screening with young ball players tonight #nextgeneration"
In addition, Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig saw the film and said, "I've often said that baseball's proudest moment and its most powerful social statement came when Jackie Robinson first set foot on a Major League Baseball field and '42' captures that event brilliantly." Baseball legends also saw the film, including Hall of Famer Hank Aaron at a Braves screening. Additionally, Hall of Famers George Brett, Lou Brock and Bob Uecker attended