MLB BLM: Jacob Blake

Because of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin (the most recent in a horrifying long list of names), the Minnesota Twins postponed yesterday’s game until today, which is designated baseball’s official Jackie Robinson day — the day all the players wear #42 in honor of the great Jackie Robinson (it’s normally April 15th, but baseball didn’t start this year until the end of July).

Today would have involved a double-header, yesterday’s game plus the scheduled one against Detroit today, but the Twins voted to postpone both those games.

Baseball teams across the country are standing down in solidarity and support for Black Lives Matter.

The text reads:

“The Minnesota Twins remain committed to using our platforms to push for racial justice and equality. Therefore, we fully respect our players for their decision to not play tonight’s game versus the Detroit Tigers. The recent shooting of Jacob Blake, a mere three months after the killing of George Floyd, shows again that real change is necessary and far overdue in our country, and it is our responsibility to continue playing a role in efforts to affect meaningful reform. We stand in solidarity with the Black community and, as full partners with others in the Twins Cities and beyond, we are committed to creating the change we want to see in the world — where everyone is protected, safe and welcome. There is no place for racism, inequality or injustice in our society.

Yes, yes, and yes!

Bravo and kudos to the Minnesota Twins and all those other teams standing up by standing down. I support them 100% in this (apparently not everyone does, which is pathetic).

The Twins also posted this in their Twins Diversity twitter account:

Which I thought was pretty cool.


Stay committed to racial justice, my friends! Black Lives Matter!

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7 responses to “MLB BLM: Jacob Blake

  • Wyrd Smythe

    Seven games were postponed yesterday. Today only the two Detroit @ Twins games were… so far. (I’m hoping other teams also postpone before game time.)

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    The postponements are remarkable, but the team owners supporting them is even more so. I’m sure there are sports fan annoyed, but that’s the whole point, to call attention to the situation.

    What a year.

    • Wyrd Smythe

      A very strange year, indeed. (On top of everything else, I had a decidedly weird June.)

      The irony is that this was supposed to be a great year for the Twins. They’re doing well, but the whole season feels a bit off, and it’s always possible a COVID outbreak will shut it down early. Thought that might happen back with a bunch of Cardinals players tested positive, but so far it’s just led to postponements. In a season that, with everything else going on, hardly really seems to matter.

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        It’s definitely a strange year for sports. My university still plans to have a football season, but it’s looking increasingly like an act of defiance in the face of reality. The entire offensive line is rumored to be in quarantine due to COVID exposure. Many of the players did have a cool march today for racial justice.

        We were national champions last year. Someone in a meeting today joked that if there ends up being no college football this year, at least we get to stay champions for another year.

      • Wyrd Smythe

        I’ve wondered how smart having any baseball season really was. Or any sport, but it’s one more example of how the interconnectedness of society makes us very brittle. Restaurants, hotels, airlines, theaters — whole industries depending on a certain way of life and usually operating on close margins. Disrupt the pattern for long, and the system crashes.

        What’s scary is how many SF stories either are about this or have it as the prehistory for their dystopia. ‘It started off as just a simple virus,…’

      • SelfAwarePatterns

        I think the sports and school reopenings are, unfortunately, people living in denial. They keep seeing people doing it in Europe, while ignoring the differences in virus contrainment.

        A silver lining of sorts is that people aren’t reacting in the way they usually do in those SF stories. Sure, we have plenty of mask resisting idiots. (I heard something the other day that this was an issue in 1918 too.) But civilization isn’t falling apart. (Although some of my prepper relatives are still confident it’s coming.)

      • Wyrd Smythe

        Oh, people are definitely in denial, no question about that. But there are real economic forces driving them. Every week brings more news of restaurants and bars closing. Those represent people who’ve lost their jobs. Likewise with airlines, conference centers, hotels, theatres, etc. Effects ripple up the supply chain. For one example, closed bars and restaurants hurts beer breweries. Some of them have closed, too.

        As to civilization falling apart, it depends on what you mean. Not in the “utter collapse” sense (at least not yet), but we no longer agree on facts. Post-modern deconstruction has created a world that, in many ways, no longer believes in objective facts. What we generally think of as “civilization” has always assumed and depended on shared facts.

        I’ve been observing this social arc for over 40 years. As depressing and discouraging as it is, given what I’ve seen, the one thing it isn’t is surprising. This is the inevitable result of where we’ve been heading for decades.

        We’re gonna find out in November whether the Great American Experiment is still alive. That the outcome is so unknown is terrifying. It wasn’t all that long ago all of this would have been impossible in America. (I keep thinking how horrified everyone was about Nixon and how it was his own party that forced him to resign. It’s no longer about morals or standards, but about winning at any cost. To me that’s a form of civilization falling apart. The first signs of rot.)

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