It was only right that on Jackie Robinson Day, the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles performed to the highest level possible at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, New York.
A day after boycotting their final game of the series against Boston as a form of protest to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the Blue jays were back at it on a really special day all around the country.
Both organizations commemorated Jackie Robinson Day by having all team members wear uniform number 42, an annual observance normally conducted on April 15 but moved this year because of the COVID-19-altered schedule.
Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning, lifting the Toronto Blue Jays to a 5-4 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.
With Reese McGuire standing on second base, Grichuk hit his ninth homer of the season, a drive to straightaway centre on a 1-0 pitch by Cole Sulser.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernández also hit back-to-back homers connected for Toronto, which improved to 4-5 in extra-inning games this year.
"It's my first time being able to wear No. 42. It's a huge honor," Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio said. "I think it has a little bit more significance."
"We're able to go out on the field, show our respect to a man who laid it all out for not only baseball but all sports and just society in general. Many people followed him and have continued to lay the groundwork."
Jackie Robinson played several games in Buffalo in 1946 as a member of the International League's Montreal Royals.