On Tuesday, the 2023 edition of the famous MLB video game “MLB The Show” will be hitting the shelves.
Those who preordered the game can get early access as soon as Friday.
The “Captain Edition” can be accessed on Friday as well.
While the standard edition features Miami Marlins star Jazz Chisholm Jr. on the cover, the special edition cover features none other than New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
On Friday, the official account for the hit video game released a video on Twitter of Jeter discussing the importance and the impact of the Negro Leagues and what they mean to baseball.
The video can be seen in the tweet below.
.@derekjeter discusses the impact The Negro Leagues has had on Baseball. In partnership with the @NLBMuseumKC, play and celebrate the careers of Negro Leagues Baseball Legends in a video game experience unlike any other!
Pre-order now: https://t.co/lZzPVMClPK #MLBTheShow pic.twitter.com/fUMgEUX8e2
— MLB The Show (@MLBTheShow) March 24, 2023
Jeter began with a powerful statement, saying that it’s impossible to move forward into the future unless you know what took place in the past.
That is where the Negro Leagues come into play.
The Negro Leagues have been added to this year’s version of the video game.
Jeter pointed out that some children today may have never even heard of the Negro Leagues, and says that adding them to the video game is a great way to educate young fans about the sacrifices many of these players had to make in order to play the game they loved.
And it can also educate young fans in a way that is fun and interesting.
Jeter then talked about the stories he heard from his father, who is African-American, when he was a child.
He recalled learning about Jackie Robinson and discussed how there is no better representation for African-American players than Robinson himself.NEXT: Yankees Insider Reveals Intriguing Development Friday