San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler has announced that he will not appear on the pitch during the national anthem in light of recent mass shootings in the United States.
An 18-year-old boy opened fire at an elementary school in Yuvalde, Texas, on Tuesday. At least 19 children and 2 adults were killed in the accident, with some children seriously injured.
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Gabe Kapler has announced that he will not stand for the country on the pitch.
Gabe Kapler is protesting against the recent mass shooting that took the lives of 19 innocent children.
The Giants manager is protesting for not appearing on the pitch before the national anthem.
He said he would break a long-standing baseball tradition. He will no longer join players and other coaches on the pitch for the pre-match country.
Kapler spoke publicly about his decision just before the San Francisco Giants played against the Reds at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark on Friday.
He said, “I will not sing the national anthem until I feel better about the future direction of our country.”
He said he did not expect his protests would necessarily ‘mov the needle’ but ‘feel strong enough to take action’.
“I have no plans to come out for the country in the future until I feel better about the direction it is going.” – Gabe Kapler pic.twitter.com/J1MdlVL3XI
— SF Giants from NBCS (@NBCSgiants) May 27, 2022
Gabe Kapler’s blog post ‘The Brave House?’ reflects the direction the country should take
Gabe Kapler explained her position on her blog. He filtered out the anger and grief over the growing gun violence in America. He criticized the Texas school shooting while writing a burning post on Friday.
Kapler began, ‘As players, staff and fans paused for a moment to mourn the lives of the victims, we (including myself) stood up and proudly proclaimed ourselves a land of freedom, home of the brave.
He said he regrets standing for his country, referring to the Mets game on Tuesday, just hours after the Uvalde school massacre.
“On the day 19 children and two teachers were killed,” he said, “I sang the national anthem and risked my life after a moment of silence at sports competitions across the country.”
The Giant’s manager recalled: ‘After this horrific incident, we just got noticed without stopping to reflect on whether we were really free and brave.’