McCutchen's shoes pay tribute to Jackie

McCutchen's shoes pay tribute to Jackie

SAN FRANCISCO -- All of the Pirates took the AT&T Park field Sunday wearing that exalted No. 42 on Jackie Robinson Day.

However, Andrew McCutchen was the only one also wearing special UCLA baby blue-and-gold spikes created for him for the special occasion by Nike.

With "JACKIE" spelled out on the inside and "42" on the outside, the shoes received TLC from the Pittsburgh center fielder prior to the game. He even posed them in front of his No. 42 uniform, snapping pictures to post on his Twitter page.

"It's always special to wear this number," said McCutchen. "He definitely was an inspiration to people like myself. He endured a lot of things, and we have to keep remembering and honoring that."

Echoed second baseman Neil Walker, "Jackie Robinson was obviously one of the all-time greats. What better way to honor him than by having everyone wear his number?"

Since the Pirates are on the road during the national celebration of Jackie Robinson Day, the club will hold its own observance at a later time.

Pregame festivities honoring Jackie Robinson will be held Friday, when the Pirates return to PNC Park to kick off a six-game homestand against the Cardinals.