- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Dmitri Young finally got his chance to honor Jackie Robinson.

The Washington Nationals’ first baseman was scheduled to wear Robinson’s No. 42 Sunday along with most of Major League Baseball to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Robinson’s debut. But a storm that struck the east coast and postponed the Nationals’ game at New York forced Young to reschedule his tribute.

“That was an out-of-body experience. Jackie Robinson was in my soul tonight and he was the one that played,” said Young, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Nationals’ victory over Atlanta at RFK Stadium.

Young was the only player at RFK to wear No. 42, but five San Francisco players and coaches wore the number during their game at Colorado last night.

“[Young] was disappointed not to be part of the whole thing and see Willie, who was going to do it too,” Nationals manager Manny Acta said. “We’re doing it a day later, but it’s not the same.”

The Nationals still had their Jackie Robinson Day celebration, which included a short introduction, a Jackie Robinson video tribute and recognition of four local Jackie Robinson scholars during a pre-game presentation. The ceremonial first pitch was tossed out by Rodney Mackey, the 2006 breaking barriers essay contest winner from the District’s Kimball Elementary School.

Young will donate the jersey to the Jackie Robinson Foundation.

“I’ve been thinking about the things that he went through wondering if I would have been able to go through it personally,” Young said. “He went through so much on a daily basis in a 24-hour period. He wakes up with it and goes to sleep with it. He had to endure other teams, other fans, his own fans, his own teammates. It was like, Did he have a true friend, actually? And for him to be able to endure all that, and be revered upon like he is today, God bless him.”

Guzman, Logan will wait

Both shortstop Cristian Guzman and center fielder Nook Logan are eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list today, but it appears it’s going to be at least another week before the club activates either player.

Guzman (hamstring) and Logan (foot) have yet to begin baseball-related activities. Guzman said he started running on a treadmill yesterday. Logan, meanwhile, said he’s still feeling pain in his left foot and said it’s probably going to take at least a week before his foot feels better.

With a colder than normal spring, Acta said both Guzman and Logan probably will have to play their rehab games at the Nationals’ extended spring training camp in Viera, Fla.

“What good does it do to send them down to [Class A] Potomac when it’s going to be the same type of weather we’re going to have over here?” Acta said. “So, we’re going to have to probably think about sending them down to a warmer place.”

Extra bases

The Nationals and Mets will make up Sunday’s rainout on Saturday, July 28, as part of a day/night doubleheader at Shea Stadium. The first game will begin at 12:10 p.m. with the nightcap scheduled to start at 7:10 p.m. …

Center fielder Ryan Church’s career-high 11-game hitting streak came to an end last night. Church went 0-for-2, but walked twice.

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