Several San Francisco Giants players and coaches, including new manager Gabe Kapler, took a knee during the playing of the national anthem Monday night before the team’s exhibition game against the Bay Area-rival Oakland A’s.
Confirmed to be joining Kapler in taking a knee were Jaylin Davis, coach Antoan Richardson, Austin Slater and Mike Yastrzemski, grandson of Baseball Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
Kapler, 44, is the first MLB manager to take a knee during the anthem.
He told his Giants team he would be taking a knee before the contest. “I wanted them to know I wasn’t pleased how our country has handled police brutality,” Kapler said.
“I told them I wanted to amplify their voices and amplify the voice of the Black community, and marginalized communities as well.”
Giants players kneeling during the anthem pic.twitter.com/xT2YkbQ8GS
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) July 21, 2020
A bunch of Giants players and coaches kneeled for the anthem. Brandon Crawford put his hands on the shoulders of Jaylin Davis and Antoan Richardson: pic.twitter.com/2XsIg8oFjw
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) July 21, 2020
— MLB (@MLB) July 21, 2020
Elsewhere Monday night, Los Angeles Angels pitcher Keynan Middleton took a knee during the playing of the anthem, while raising his fist, before the exhibition game against the San Diego Padres.
Keynan Middleton kneeled and raised his fist during the national anthem prior to tonight’s game. pic.twitter.com/eHt7IdmNKA
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) July 21, 2020