More than 150 players plan to wear No. 42
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"This is supposed to be an honor," Hunter told USA Today, "and just a handful of guys wearing the number. Now you've got entire teams doing it. I think we're killing the meaning.
"It should be special wearing Jackie's number, not just because it looks cool," Hunter told the newspaper.
|If it were up to SportsNation, each team would designate one player to wear No. 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. Nearly 20 percent would like to see No. 42 remain retired, with no players donning the number on Sunday.|
"I didn't know so many guys planned to wear the number. I sure wasn't expecting whole teams to wear it," Griffey told the newspaper of his gesture-turned-movement. "But I'm not going to look at it as a negative. This is a tribute for what the man has done, a day to celebrate."