The Dodgers and Mookie Betts took part in a protest that will be remembered for years to come. Los Angeles and San Francisco opted to sit out the scheduled game on Wednesday, hoping to call attention to continued social injustice across the country.
At a press conference on Wednesday night, the Dodgers had three players there with Dave Roberts. Mookie Betts, Clayton Kershaw, and Kenley Jansen all spoke on their thoughts about sitting that game and what the future would look like.
For the recently signed Mookie Betts, the support of his teammates meant everything. He talked about what it meant having Dodgers players back him up in his decision to sit. Betts planned on sitting out the game regardless, but the team wanted to support him fully.
Hopefully, it’s the first step to change. I know for me I was already tight with everybody in the clubhouse but now I know everybody has my back even more than I already thought, means a lot…I’ll always remember this day and this team just having my back. This organization has been nothing but amazing.
That is exactly the sort of chemistry and support you hope for from a guy that you sign to be the face of your franchise. The Dodgers players made it clear that they were in Mookie’s corner and wanted to do everything they could to work towards the cause.
Dodgers players had decided to play in Thursday’s games, though Betts initially was going to sit those out. Betts expressed to his teammates that he was in full support of them playing, and later decided to play after talking with the Player’s Alliance.
The Dodgers head to Texas this weekend to play a three-game series against the Rangers.