Giants manager Kapler refuses to be on field for anthem after Texas shooting

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler said Friday he will refuse to take the field for the national anthem to protest the nation’s political direction following this week’s school shooting in Texas.

“I have no plans to come forward for the anthem until I feel better about the direction of our country,” Kapler said ahead of a series opener in Cincinnati. “I don’t expect it to necessarily move the needle. It’s just something I’m strong enough to take that step at.”

Kapler said he needed more time to think about concrete measures he could propose to prevent more tragedies of this kind, such as: B. Stricter gun control laws.

Kapler said that on the day of the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, “I knew I wasn’t in the best of shape mentally, and I knew it was related to some of the hypocrisy for the national anthem and what it was like.” coincided with the moment of silence and how two things didn’t go well together for me, but I couldn’t understand it in real time and it took me a few days to get all my thoughts together.”

Only seven Giants were on the field — two coaches in front of the dugout, four players along the left field line, and a physical coach beside them — when “The Star-Spangled Banner” was played before Kapler and Reds manager David Bell traded the line-up cards. The game started after a rain delay of 2 hours and 8 minutes.

Earlier in the day, Kapler used his personal blog to speak about the deaths of the 19 children and two teachers killed in Uvalde.

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In an article entitled “Heimat der Brave?” Kapler wrote: “We elect our politicians to represent our interests. Immediately after this shooting, we were told we needed locked doors and armed teachers. We were given thoughts and prayers saying it could have been worse and all we need is love.

“But we have not been given courage and we are not free. … We are not free when politicians decide that the lobbying and gun industries are more important than our children’s freedom to go to school without bulletproof backpacks and actively doing shooter practice.”

Kapler continued: “Every time I put my hand to my heart and take off my hat, I participate in a smug glorification of the only country where these mass shootings are taking place. On Wednesday I went to the field, I listened to the announcement as we honored the victims in Uvalde. I bowed my head. I stood for the national anthem. Metallica riffed on City Connect guitars. My brain said fall on your knees; my body wasn’t listening. I wanted to go back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to draw attention to myself. I didn’t want to take anything away from the victims and their families. …

“But I don’t agree with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish I could have demonstrated what I learned from my father, that if you are unhappy with your country, you have spoken out in protest.

Kapler has protested during the anthem in the past. In July 2020, before the start of the virus-shortened 60-game season, Kapler knelt alongside outfielder Jaylin Davis before an exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Davis made a statement on racial and social issues facing the country.

Fieldmates Mike Yastrzemski and Austin Slater also chose to kneel. So did first base coach Antoan Richardson, while shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between Davis and Richardson and put a hand on each man’s shoulder.

Kapler’s latest comments came a day after the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts during the game between teams to spread information about how gun violence is affecting American life.

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