Mookie Betts, Gabe Kapler kneel for anthem ahead of Dodgers-Giants game


Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts and Giants manager Gabe Kapler were among those kneeling during the national anthem ahead of Thursday night’s opening at Dodger Stadium.

Like in the Yankees-Nationals game earlier that night, all of the players and coaches of both teams took one knee together while holding a black cloth that wrapped around the pitch, before the song was played.

But several players and coaches remained on their knees when the anthem began – including Betts, playing their first game with the Dodgers. Flanked by teammates Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger with their hands on their shoulders, Betts was the only Los Angeles player to kneel.

Including Kapler, the Giants had at least eight in uniform who remained on their knees for the anthem, including everyday players Mike Yastrzemski, Pablo Sandoval and Hunter Pence.

In exhibition games, Kapler was among the giants who took a knee, angering President Donald Trump.

“I don’t see anything more American than standing up for what you believe in,” Kapler said earlier in the week. “I see nothing more patriotic than peaceful protests when things are frustrating and overwhelming. “


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