It was a chilly July night in 2014.
Jackie Robinson was on the field for the Colorado Rockies in the National League Division Series against the Cincinnati Reds when the crowd of 25,000 began to swell.
The ball hit Robinson’s leg and bounced up.
She couldn’t feel it.
Her foot hurt.
She’d been hit by a foul ball, the kind that could be broken easily with a flick of the wrist.
But her body was still moving, and she’d just been run over.
It was a frightening moment for the hometown hero, whose hometown had a long history of racial violence and was also known for its high rate of homicide and domestic violence.
She had just come from the game, and so many of her teammates were in the crowd.
But this was not a baseball game.
This was a night for celebration, a night of hope and inspiration.
Robinson was in the fifth inning of Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cleveland Indians.
She was wearing a green hooded sweatshirt and a green cap with her number tattooed on the back.
She wore a white baseball cap and a blue, blue and green jersey with a green band across the top, with the word “ROB” painted on it.
As the game began, the Rockies trailed by two runs.
It was 1-0.
The crowd went wild, and Robinson, with her teammates cheering her on, stood up and grabbed her teammate by the shoulder.
It took two minutes to get her to the dugout.
Robison was not prepared to go into the dugouts.
She did not know what was going on.
She only knew she needed to be in the dugousts.
And so she took off her helmet, and began running toward the bleachers.
She thought about all the things she’d experienced in the past, and her family, and friends.
And then she thought, Maybe I should just leave.
The next day, she returned to the field and went into the clubhouse.
It didn’t take long for the news to reach her.
Her teammates had noticed the incident, and they knew that she was going into the bleacher.
They knew she had suffered an injury.
And they were shocked.
They called her family.
They told her that they were praying for her and praying for their team.
The first responders rushed to her side.
She lay on the ground, in pain.
She was taken to the hospital.
She stayed there for two days.
Her family had told her they were in shock, but her parents said, She is okay.
She had no idea what was happening to her.
She began speaking with the doctors, asking for more information.
She asked for the same kind of treatment as the other victims, like a CT scan.
She wanted to get a new MRI to see if something else had happened to her bone.
She wanted a CT of her leg.
She asked if she could see a doctor in the stands.
Her mother took the time to explain that the doctor she was seeing was a trauma surgeon.
And she asked for a new mask.
The first two weeks were tough.
She spent most of them at home.
She wasn’t allowed to leave her room for two weeks.
Then she was sent to the emergency room.
The doctors there took a special interest in her, and after two weeks she was able to return to the game.
But she struggled again in Game 5, when the Rockies lost.
She struggled again, too.
The Rockies needed her.
She needed to play.
But at the same time, she was worried about what her teammates would think of her.
Jackie Robinson came from a family that was black.
In the early years of her life, she struggled with being a girl, and when she was a child, she said, I always thought I was going to be a girl.
That’s how I was raised.
Jackies grandmother, Ella Robinson, told The Huffington: It was very challenging for me.
My dad was not supportive of my growing up.
And my mom wasn’t supportive of what I was doing.
So my dad would tell me that my mother wanted me to play baseball.
I was a tomboy, and I was afraid of being a tomboys.
I felt I wasn’t good enough for this world.
She just kind of put a little pressure on me, and then my father, who is black, put pressure on her.
I was really proud of myself, I was proud of my father and mother.
I wanted to be like them.
And I think I did, and it really impacted me, because I knew my dad and my mother were proud of me, but I didn’t really have a connection to them.
I just felt like I wasn: I had to be better than the other girls.
And to see my teammates, I wanted them to know I was different, so