In response to the deadly shootings in Uvalde, Texas this week, Giants manager Gabe Kapler stated that he won’t be taking the field for the national anthem until he feels better about “the direction of this country”. Kapler’s statement had a ripple effect through the country and Major League Baseball.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, who also addressed the unsettling events, came out in support of Kapler’s decision (quotes via OCR’s Bill Plunkett).
“I respect Gabe’s decision. He’s very passionate about things he believes in and that’s his way of protesting. … I hear what he’s doing…I’m not happy with what’s going on. I don’t think any of us are happy with what’s going on in our country. And I do respect people using whatever platforms to address that.”
Roberts wasn’t the only big league manager to voice his support for Kapler. Alex Cora, Chris Woodward, Buck Showalter, and Torey Lovullo all complimented the Giants manager for his decision.
However, not every MLB manager believes that Kapler boycotting the national anthem is the best way to demonstrate one’s feelings towards the current state of the country. White Sox manager Tony LaRussa (quotes via ESPN’s Jesse Rogers).
“I think he’s exactly right to be concerned … with what’s happening in our country. He’s right there. Where I disagree is the flag and the anthem are not appropriate places to try to voice your objections.”
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