Their game had been postponed. Instead of playing, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts stood in front of the cameras in the hallway outside the visiting clubhouse at Oracle Park, Mookie Betts to his right and Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen to his left.
They spoke forcefully, with Betts and Roberts saying they never intended to be in a game on Wednesday, choosing instead to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Kershaw said it was important for the Dodgers teammates to show their support for Betts, so they decided they wouldn’t play either.
About an hour later, Giants manager Gabe Kapler sat alone on a podium. He wouldn’t reveal whether the Giants voted on whether or not to play. He said there had been a lot of tough conversations in the clubhouse, but didn’t shed some light on whether those ultimately led the Giants to decide they should sit down and make a statement.
“I have met our team and our club remains united on the same themes that we have been talking about, which is that racial inequality is totally unacceptable,” Kapler said. “I support every player, coach, person in our clubhouse, all of our staff, by talking about their beliefs, and in those conversations I encourage them to do so. I know it’s difficult but I’m not always going to discuss the details of these conversations, but I’m certainly happy to share as many perspectives as possible, and then we’ll continue to make sure these discussions take place because that we all know how extremely important they are, and especially with the current state of the country. ”
[COURSEENAMÉRIQUE:[RACEINAMERICA:[COURSEENAMÉRIQUE:[RACEINAMERICA:Listen to the latest episode]
There is little doubt about Kapler’s position on this one. He was outspoken about racism and police brutality, became the first manager to take a knee, was active in the community and spoke passionately about the NBA cancellations and Blake’s shootout earlier Wednesday. But the Giants haven’t done a great job of making it clear after the report that the clubhouse, which has lost a few players who initially took a knee – including Jaylin Davis – feels the same.
No player was made available to the media, and Kapler did not directly answer questions about whether the Giants, like the Dodgers, had decided not to play.
“What I can share with you is that when you’re dealing with 26 personalities in a Major League clubhouse you’re going to have different views and opinions. I don’t think it’s a secret, ”he said. “I think what’s really cool these days is that players are using their platforms to express themselves, and exactly the way they want to express themselves and in exactly their own words. ”
There was nothing this Wednesday night from the actual players, either at the Zoom press conference or on social media. It created an uncomfortable situation. The Giants and Dodgers did a good thing, and did it together, but it was hard not to get out of Kapler’s words with the feeling that a lot of the Giants were absorbing everything that happened in the sports world on Wednesday. and still wanted to play. , only to be arrested when Betts teammates followed his lead.
[ENRELATION:[RELATED:[ENRELATION:[RELATED:Giants to play doubles against Dodgers on Thursday]
It’s a divisive question, and it appears to be the case at the Giants club, even though it is led by a manager who has spoken passionately for one side.
“Obviously the Jacob Blake-Wisconsin incident was horrible, and we have the opportunity, a day like today, to talk about it, and even at the expense of baseball, which is really a powerful thing,” Kapler said. “We’re going to continue to have this opportunity when more things come up and at this point we will have decisions to make on how we want to handle this. “