“What you gonna do if one of these pitchers throws for your head?” asks a reporter to Jackie Robinson at his first spring training with the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Thus summarizes Jackie Robinson’s approach as he tried to prove a black man did, in fact, belong in Major League Baseball. People will heckle you, but you can’t heckle back. People will try to hurt you, but you can’t fight back. People will say you don’t belong. Prove–with your play only–that you do.