Former MLB slugger and two-time World Series champion Aubrey Huff wasn’t happy that the San Francisco Giants knelt during the national anthem ahead of an exhibition game against Oakland Athletics on Monday.
The always outspoken Huff shared his take – from kneeling and team manager Gabe Kapler – on Twitter.
“I am proud not to be invited to the 10 years reunion of the San Francisco Giants World Series. I’m Pro America, ”Huff tweeted in response to the clip shared by Major League Baseball’s Twitter account.
Huff also responded to a tweet sent by the Giants.
“#AllLivesMatter,” Huff wrote.
Kapler shared his plans when he addressed the team earlier on Monday, and he said everyone will be backed by the Giants no matter what they decide to do.
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“I wanted them to know that I was not happy with the way our country handled police brutality and told them that I wanted to amplify their voices and that I also wanted to amplify the voice of the black community and the marginalized communities. ” Kapler “So I told them that I wanted to use my platform to show my dissatisfaction with the way we have dealt with racism in our country. I wanted to show my displeasure with our clear systemic racism in our country and I wanted them to know that they had to make their own decisions and that we would respect and support those decisions. I wanted them to feel safe speaking out.
African-American right fielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson also took a knee as shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between them with one hand on each of their shoulders. Davis held his right hand over his heart, while Richardson, who is black and from the Bahamas, clasped his hands in front of him.
The choice of each person has been the subject of much discussion, and Kapler said some of the giants have contacted other organizations. Kapler said the Giants will continue to have such important discussions together as a team and “make them an integral part of the structure of our clubhouse.”
“We’ve had a lot of conversations about the anthem over the past 72 hours and when I say us I mean our coaching staff and our players,” Kapler said. “We connected with small groups of players, we connected with players individually and had meaningful conversations on this topic.”
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It is on the same field that former A wide receiver Bruce Maxwell in 2017 became the first big leaguer to kneel for the anthem.
In San Diego, Angels reliever Keynan Middleton knelt and raised a right fist during the national anthem ahead of the team’s 1-0 victory over the Padres.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Middleton had told him ahead of time that he wanted to kneel and the team were “totally in favor” of the decision.
“I am very proud that he stood up for his convictions tonight. I really am, ”Maddon said. “It’s not easy to do that, a young man like him, being the only one here doing that.”
Kapler, entering his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, wasn’t sure how often he would kneel except that “we’ll have 60 regular season chances to make the same decision we do. . done today, to stand or kneel or do something different. Right now, that’s another opportunity tomorrow night.
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Kapler has spoken openly about social injustice and systemic racism and the role of athletes in spurring positive change.
“They felt strong about the problem so they got down on their knees,” A pitcher Mike Fiers said.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to hit a knee during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police abuse of the black community. He has been heavily criticized for years, but public sentiment has changed since George Floyd died in May.
Floyd, a black man, died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck as Floyd was handcuffed and said he couldn’t breathe.
Also on Monday, Alyssa Nakken – baseball’s first woman on a major league team – had the chance to coach San Francisco’s first base.
“Congratulations on making history!” Hunter Pence posted on Twitter shortly after the final release.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.