In those early days of the struggle for racial justice, when racism was as much express as implied, we found the ability to come together in the general admission area. There we were just people and baseball fans, equally fixated on the events transpiring on the heavenly expanse of lush green grass before us. And on that field, Paul Blair served up notice that talent and character could be universally embraced even in the face of inherent prejudice. It was baseball, after all, that led us toward integration. And, as a new season begins, I believe the game retains its capacity to unify us in mutual appreciation of the ability of humans to do extraordinary things, and, while doing so, allow us to see each other in entirely new way.