“It was real important to be able to wear that number,” Rosario said via team interpreter Franco Garcia. “To Puerto Ricans, he set the example we all try to follow on and off the field. It’s a big honor to wear that number. More than anything, I think the battle we Puerto Ricans have taken up is trying to get his number retired across MLB. That’s something we’re fighting for and hopefully we can gain some traction in that argument.
“Roberto Clemente was the idol of Puerto Rico. He is a legend to all Latinos. … Everything that Roberto did back in his day, and in his time, it’s just so impressive. So just an absolute legend and star for all Latinos, and especially Puerto Ricans.”