San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler knelt during the national anthem before their 6-2 exhibition victory against the Oakland Athletics.
The Associated Press also reported that several of his players knelt with him.
The report added that Kapler intended to use his position to speak out against racial injustice.
“I wanted them to know that I wasn’t pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality.
I told them I wanted to amplify their voices.
I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities as well.”
Right fielder African-American Jaylin Davis, and first base coach Antoam Richardson also knelt.
Meanwhile, Brandon Crawford stood between them with a hand on each of their shoulders.
Davis held his right hand over his heart.
While, Richardson held his hands in front of himself.
Richardson is Black and from the Bahamas.
Notably, it is the same field where former A’s catcher Bruce Maxwell in 2017.
He became the first major leaguer to kneel for the anthem.
The Other Kneeler
In San Diego, Angels reliever Keynan Middleton kneeled and raised his right fist during the national anthem.
This was before the team’s 1-0 victory over the Padres.
Angels manager Joe Maddon said Middleton told him in advance he wanted to kneel.
The team manager added the team was “totally supportive” of the decision.
“I’m very proud that he stood up for his beliefs tonight. I really am.
It’s not easy to do that, a young man like himself, being the only one out here doing that.”
Kaepernick Led The Way
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016, said the report.
This is to protest racial inequality and police mistreatment of minorities.
He got criticized for it, but public sentiment changed since George Floyd’s death in May. African-American Floyd died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into the former’s neck.
The spotlight remained with the Giants, as Alyssa Nakken became baseball’s first woman on a major league staff.
In fact, she got a chance to coach first base for San Francisco.
Team Manager Kapler said:
“Alyssa did a great job out there at first base today.
“[First-base coach] Antoan [Richardson] stepped up and made sure that Alyssa continued her development as well.”
Giants left fielder Hunter Pence tweeted:
“Congratulations on making history!”