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Outside The Confines: On an emotional rollercoaster

The excitement of big trades was dampened by the death of a great actor.

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This past Friday saw the celebration of Jackie Robinson Day at a new date for 2020, and as the players took to the field sporting their matching 42 jerseys, the entertainment industry lost a great man.

Chadwick Boseman, who was probably best known for his role in the astronomically popular Black Panther adaptation, found his breakout role in 2013 playing Jackie Robinson in the film 42. On Friday, the day MLB celebrated the man who broke the color barrier in baseball, Boseman passed away at age 43 from colon cancer.

The news was a crushing blow for many, as Boseman had not disclosed this condition to many outside his close circle, and filmed many of his biggest roles while he fought the cancer that would ultimately claim his life.

While Boseman was not a professional athlete, he played a part in bringing the story of Jackie Robinson to the big screen, and more importantly — much like Robinson — he was an almost mythological figure in popular culture, showing generations of young Black audience members that they could see a Black superhero on the big screen, much like Jackie showed them they could see a Black man in the big leagues.

He will be missed.

Today is also, of course, the trade deadline, and while the weekend had no shortage of action, I suspect we’ll see much more over the coming hours.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.