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Girardi supports MLB players taking action in response to shooting of Jacob Blake

Although no Philadelphia Phillies players approached manager Joe Girardi about not playing to protest racism in the United States on Wednesday night, he would support any player who wanted to do so.

PHILADELPHIA, PA – JULY 24: Players join in solidarity by holding a symbolic black ribbon prior to the game between the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies on July 24, 2020 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA. (Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire)

“I would tell them to go with their heart,” Girardi said via Zoom when asked what he would say to a player wanting to not play to take a stand. “Feelings are feelings — they’re never right or wrong. They’re just feelings. And you got to go with your heart, what your heart tells you. I would support them, whatever they did.”

While the Phillies defeated the Washington Nationals in their game for Girardi’s 1,000th win as a manager, three Major League Baseball games were not played on Wednesday night, as players decided to strike in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, by Kenosha, Wisconsin police. Several other players decided not to play in their teams’ games that did take place.

Blake was shot in the back by police on Sunday. His father has said that he is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Baseball players’ decisions followed that of the Milwaukee Bucks players, whose historic choice to sit out their playoff game resulted in the cancellation of all of Wednesday’s NBA postseason games. WNBA players also decided not to play any of their scheduled games.

The players on Milwaukee’s baseball team, the Milwaukee Brewers, were the first MLB team to decide not to play Wednesday. The opposing Cincinnati Reds players agreed to sit out the game as well.

Seattle Mariners players decided not to participate in their game against the San Diego Padres. As said by Jeff Passan of ESPN on Twitter, the Mariners have the most Black players of any team. Mariners infielder/outfielder Dee Gordon issued a statement on Twitter following the players’ decision, bringing further attention to the issues of systemic racism in the United States.

Wednesday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers was also postponed.

After the game was officially postponed, Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts told reporters including Kerry Crowley of The Mercury News that he would not have played if the game was held. Four players whose games were played by their teams did make that same choice on Wednesday night — Matt Kemp of the Colorado Rockies, Dexter Fowler and Jack Flaherty of the St. Louis Cardinals and Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs took a stand while their teammates played in their absences.

The postponement of the game between the Giants and Dodgers came after San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler told reporters earlier in the day that he would support his players in using their platforms to bring awareness to these issues, and that he believes in taking a stand.

“Some things, I think, are just bigger than sports, and I don’t think it should require athletes needing to remind us Black lives matter and that police brutality is unacceptable and that systemic racism needs to be eliminated,” he said. “What I believe in most is speaking out and taking strong action based on your beliefs. I’m aware that the Bucks and now some other NBA teams are doing that, and I have the utmost respect for the players who are refusing to be silent about issues that are bigger than sports. Racism and police brutality are issues that we’re not going to be silent about either.”


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  1. stop2think

    August 27, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Say it ain’t so, Joe. Here are my feelings, Joe. I just lost respect for you and the entire Phillies organization, the MLB and all sports. Imagine wearing ribbons for a convicted sex offender who was repeatedly warned by police to halt but instead lunged for the inside of his car to get who knows what? Those are my feelings. These multimillionaire cry babies see the world in an infantile way. I’m through with spending my hard money watching SJW who make millions insist I watch them play tribute to felons who still be alive and healthy if they would just listen for once. Lastly, where are all the players wearing black ribbons for all the good people who lost everything when their businesses were looted and burned? Sorry, you lost a paying customer.

    • HadEnough

      August 27, 2020 at 3:46 pm

      Before I reply, let me say his name once: Cannon Hinnant

      There is injustice in the world, absolutely, and no decent human being wants anybody killed. But the same people who cry and moan about injustice now are the same ones who probably still believe the Michael Brown “hands up/don’t shoot” lie that has been debunked twice, once by Obama’s own justice department. Facts don’t matter, only the narrative matters. A dozen people stick a cell phone camera out their window and post an out-of-context video on social media and all of a sudden, that becomes the “truth” no matter what the facts are.

      So a bunch of overpaid children think they know better than people who work for living? How many of them know that the cops were there because Blake’s girlfriend called them to report that he was here when he shouldn’t have been? How many of them have seen the video of the struggle before he led the police around the vehicle his kids were in then kept lunging forward multiple times as if reaching for something. How many of them know that the police TRIED to taze him but were not able to.

      Facts are stubborn things and these same multimillionaire cry babies forget that at least half of their paying customers are intelligent citizens who can separate fact from fantasy, and in fact have real jobs and real lives making it harder and harder to relate to them?

      Ballplayers long ago stopped worrying about the paying customers I’m afraid.

  2. Hawkeye

    August 27, 2020 at 7:33 am

    Here’s hoping all the white players sit until Cannon Hinnant gets justice… He was a little five year old white boy shot in the head because his African-American neighbor was angry with his parents..

  3. loupossehl

    August 27, 2020 at 7:06 pm

    So Blake was a low-level reprobate. Did it matter? Did it matter that Blake may have been reaching for something, or nothing at all, in the car … and as he leaned into his car got shot 7 times … in the back? While 3 little kids in the back seat got a front-row introduction to white police justice in America?

    How about Breanna Taylor? Did it matter that she was not a low-life, but an emergency medical technician sleeping in her apartment? Did that matter when three plainclothes officers with a no-knock warrant broke into her home, opened fire as Taylor’s boyfriend UNDERSTANDABLY fired in response; when the officers fired over 20 times, and shot Taylor 8 times and killed her?

    Did it matter when George Floyd – who may or may not have been guilty of anything – was slowly murdered by officer Derek Chauvin … over a period of 8 minutes, 46 seconds, as Floyd pleaded for his life?

    Three deaths, three very different victims, with one common factor: RACE. The same race factor that inspired George Zimmerman to gun down 17-yr-old Trayvon Martin … who had every right to be on the premises but committed the mortal sin of shopping for Skittles. The same race factor that allowed Zimmerman to get away with murder or, at least, manslaughter. The same race factor that inspired a 17-year-old punk to travel to Kenosha armed with a semiautomatic rifle and proceed to kill two protestors who crossed his path. The same race factor that allowed that punk … who happened to be WHITE … to then stroll casually down the street, weapon clearly in sight, and right by cops … who did absolutely NOTHING.

    Stop2think says, Blake “ lunged for the inside of his car to get who knows what?” That’s exactly right; as Blake reached down (there was no “lunge”), the mindset of the cop was clear, and it’s this: I don’t know what this guy’s up to; he disobeyed my order; so I’LL SHOOT HIM 7 TIMES, IN THE BACK, AND KILL HIM.” Just like it’s taught in police academy, huh? Just like, if you’re a while guy reaching for, say, your auto registration but the cop misreads your intention, you EXPECT to be riddled with bullets … right?

    You don’t kill a dog that way. But, in the officer’s mindset, Blake was less than a dog. He was, in fact, a n_ _ _ _ _ _ , and was subjected to the cop’s version of “street justice” as no white person EVER would be. The black community has lived this experience all their lives, and EVERY black from the richest to the poorest fears for his/her kids, especially when they become old enough to get behind the wheel of a car. And now they are joined by enough principled white people – like me – who demand punishment for lawbreakers yes; and protection of property owners and businesses absolutely; but who also demand an end to the racist SHIT that pervades so many of the nation’s police departments, and a justice system that gives a friendly wave to white and blue, and prejudgment and a clenched fist to black.

    So, now, athletes all are saying, “Stop this. This is enough.” GOOD for all of them; we sports fans might miss a few games; boo hoo. Maybe out of all of this, even accused lawbreakers like Robert Kraft might face trial on appropriate charges. Oh I forgot – he’s a billionaire white guy.

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