Winfield's love of the game is as rock solid as ever. Baseball, he said, is synonymous with American values and culture. "Why should people care about baseball?" he asked. "Baseball teaches a lot of life lessons, perhaps more than any other sport. For an individual overcoming obstacles, team work, hard work, repetition."
Winfield hopes more people will refuse to simply stand by and watch as African-American participation in his beloved game shrinks to zero.
"I was just concerned about African-American deterioration or decline or participation in the sport. That was really only one of the things that motivated me to stand up and talk and try to motivate people to do something," he said. "It's not just up to me or Major League baseball. It's up to each individual who would like baseball to be part of their life."