04/16/07 11:59 PM ET
Bonds among Giants to don No. 42
Five players honor Robinson after Sunday's rainout
By Tony DeMarco / Special to MLB.com
"All the teams that didn't get the opportunity [on Sunday], should have the opportunity to honor Jackie Robinson," Bonds said before Monday's game against the Rockies. "We all should take the time to honor Jackie Robinson.
"He means a lot to all of us. Doing the things that he did -- for African-Americans and for baseball as a whole -- to me, Jackie Robinson changed baseball as a whole."
Bonds said his father, Bobby, was the victim of racial discrimination as a Minor League player back in the early 1960s.
"In North Carolina, I was a baby back then," Bonds said. "You could pretty much sit anywhere, but the black section was safer.
"For rent, they would charge $80. But for blacks, it was $80 per person. My mom and I, we would have to go home, because my dad couldn't afford that."
Also wearing No. 42 on Monday were Giants outfielders Randy Winn and Dave Roberts, second baseman Ray Durham and first-base coach Willie Upshaw.
Tony DeMarco is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.