Mets, Brewers players offer reflections ahead of Jackie Robinson Day

Lorenzo Cain played basketball. That was his first love growing up in the small northern Florida city of Madison. But when he tried out for the sport as a freshman at Madison County High, the feeling wasn’t mutual. He didn’t make the team, so he took a swing at baseball as a sophomore.

“My mom wouldn’t let me play football after I got cut from the basketball team,” Cain said. “So honestly, baseball was the only sport left that I could play. I talked to my buddy, Jeremy Haynes. He’s also African-American. He played on the team. I was asking him, ‘Do you think I could go out and make the team?’ He’s like, ‘Yeah, come on out. Try out.’ I ended up making the JV team and the rest is history.

“If I had made the…

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