By KEVIN COONEY, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler stood just outside the third base dugout at Citizens Bank Park for the national anthem on Monday, taking a Memorial Day break after his protest against the leadership of the nation.
Kapler, who began his protest on Friday, stood alone at the railing of the Giants’ dugout during the tap dancing at the holiday ceremony, which was followed by a rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” by a military bugle company. A few other San Francisco players stood on the chalk line in front of the third base bag during their stretching drills.
“Today I’ll be up for the anthem,” Kapler wrote earlier Monday on his blog. “While I strongly believe in the right to protest and the importance of doing so, I also strongly believe in honoring and mourning the service men and women of our country who fought and died for that right. . Those who serve in our armed forces, and especially those who have paid the ultimate price for our rights and freedoms, deserve this recognition and respect, and I am honored to rise today to show mine.
Kapler announced on Friday that he intended to remain in the clubhouse during the anthem to protest “the failure to deliver the promise of what our national anthem stands for” following the shooting that took place. killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
“The way I see it is anything that sparks thoughtful conversation is good,” Kapler told reporters on Monday.
Kapler said he was not ready to announce whether his protest would resume Tuesday night.
“The days pass very quickly,” he said. “We’re going to come out and talk about the Giants and the Phillies today and we’ll get into the game and then we’ll spend a bit of time trying to get away from the game. Then the game starts the next day. I want my thoughts to be perfectly formulated. I will formulate them and share them. I just don’t have them right now.
Joe Girardi replaced Kapler as Philadelphia manager after the 2019 season
“Everyone has a choice in this country, right? said Girardi. “I mean that’s what America is built on. It’s not the choice I will make. But with all the choices we make in life, there are consequences no matter what you do, so you have to be prepared to explain why you do things in this world. And that’s not something I would do.
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