By Mike Ricchione
LeBron James is the greatest active basketball player at the moment.
In 2018, he carried the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team that offered little-to-no support to the NBA finals. They ended up getting swept by the Golden State Warriors because the Warriors have a strong support system behind its’ superstar, Steph Curry.
James, now a Los Angeles Laker, is constantly brought up in conversation about who’s the greatest basketballer of all-time.
I’m not going to get into that debate but I will add this latest accomplishment to his already decorated list.
James’ number 23 was retired by a professional sports team meanwhile he is still playing professionally.
Notice I said sports and not basketball right there.
No, the Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t retire James number yet.
His number was retired by the Minor League Baseball team in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, the Akron RubberDucks, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
Personally, I don’t like it too much. I think that’s maybe because retired numbers are for players who actually suit up for your team.
I understand what they did here, they honored a hometown hero and marketed a great night of affordable, family fun like the minor leagues are supposed to do.
I just hope that this is one of the only few exceptions, I don’t really want this to become a normal thing.
Unlike Mariano Rivera and Mo Vaughn who were grandfathered in when MLB retired the number 42 around the league in honor of Jackie Robinson, left-hander David Speer will have to change his number from the 23 that he wore until the retirement.
As of July 24, a new number for Mr. Speer hasn’t been announced.
Mike Ricchione is an aspiring Sports Media personality. He hosts an MLB talk show which happens Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 – 6 p.m. EDT on 107.7 The Bronc. Follow him on Twitter @MikeRicchione, something BIG is about to happen.