As of now, the Dodgers and Giants are slated to play a doubleheader starting at 1 PM today. The two teams decided to sit out yesterday’s game in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. Speaking with media, players admitted that Mookie Betts was influential in the overall decision.
Clayton Kershaw was one of the Dodgers players that got to address media before the protested game. Kershaw pointed out that much of the decision to sit out came as a result of conversations with Mookie. And as it turns out, much of whether or not they decide to play today will once again hinge on Betts’ decision.
We made a great statement as a team. I feel like we did the right thing for today. As far as tomorrow goes, I think that’s another conversation. We’ll figure it out. I believe if Mookie plans on playing, we’re going to play. If it’s a doubleheader we’ll figure that out as well. For right now I think the plan as a team is to play one game tomorrow.
It’s probably worth noting that Kershaw answered that question before it was announced the Dodgers would be playing a doubleheader. But at this point, it’s not really a guarantee that the two sides will play at all.
When Kershaw was asked what today might look like, he understandably wanted to keep the focus on what the team was trying to accomplish in the moment. Maybe both teams will play, but maybe they won’t. That’s something that we’re all going to have to find out together today.
The Dodgers are supposed to leave to Texas on Thursday night for a series against the Rangers that starts on Friday night. They will travel back to Los Angeles following that series.