Manager of the San Francisco Giants Gabe Kapler is very upset about the direction of our country since the last mass shooting … and now he is protesting against the national anthem.
Gabe says he is breaking away from the baseball tradition and no longer plans to join the players and coaches on the field before playing the national anthem.
The Giants manager told reporters on Friday in Cincinnati before his club played in the Reds: “I’m not going to come see the anthem in the future until I know the direction of our country better.”
Earlier in a post on his personal blog on Friday, Gabe pondered the matter Uvalde’s school shooting and the answer all over the sports world.
Gabe wrote … “On the day 19 children and 2 teachers were murdered, we held a moment of silence at sporting events around the country, then we played the national anthem and continued our lives.”
An all-too-familiar answer doesn’t suit GK, who adds … “We didn’t stop to wonder if we were really free and brave after this horrific event, we were just the focus.”
Gabe says his father taught him a lesson early in life, and he applies it to his anthem.
“When I was the same age as Uvalde’s children, my father taught me to defend the promise of allegiance when I believed my country represented its people well, or to protest and stay put when it wasn’t,” Kapler writes. “I don’t think it represents us well at the moment.”
Gabe says he tried to protest the anthem earlier this week, but it didn’t materialize.
“My brain said it was falling to my knees; my body wasn’t listening,” he wrote. “I wanted to walk back in; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to pay attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, lights, a play. I knew thousands of people used this game to escape the horrors of the world only for a moment. I knew that thousands of others would not understand the gesture and would take its insult to the army, the veterans, to themselves. “
Gabe says after a few days of deliberation, she has finished her anthem demonstration.
Bottom line to Kapler … “I’m not okay with the state of this country … The home of the brave should encourage this.”