The SF Giants have postponed Wednesday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The SF Giants have reportedly opted to postpone tonight’s scheduled game against the Los Angeles Dodgers amidst widespread social justice protests from around the country.
As first reported by Tristi Rodriguez of KRON News, the Giants and Dodgers will not play their game on Wednesday night following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin this past Sunday.
This comes after numerous other teams from various sports leagues had announced the same thing. The Giants/Dodgers game became the third MLB game to be postponed after the Milwaukee Brewers/Cincinnati Reds and the Seattle Mariners/San Diego Padres games were postponed earlier.
The impetus behind these postponed sporting events came earlier in the day when the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks refused to come out on to the court for their scheduled postseason game against the Orlando Magic.
The Bucks’ players released a statement insisting that it was “imperative for the Wisconsin state legislature to reconvene after months of inaction.”
Following the Bucks’ decision, the NBA swiftly canceled the remainder of their postseason games for the day and the status of the league moving forward is very much uncertain.
The SF Giants are not expected to take the field tonight.
As for the Giants, they were scheduled to play the second game of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. But now that game will have to be made up at a later date.
The team is still scheduled to play tomorrow evening as well, but the fallout of these nationwide protests remains to be seen.
It should be noted that NBC Sports’ Alex Pavlovic has since stated that “no decision has been made yet regarding” the status of tonight’s game. However, it seems unlikely that the game will be played.
Manager Gabe Kapler came out in support of his players in a pre-game interview making the following statement.
“I don’t think it should require athletes needing to boycott playoff games to remind us that Black Lives Matter, and that police brutality is unacceptable, and that systemic racism [needs] to be eliminated.”
The Giants players and team members all had a meeting on the field prior to the initial announcement that the game had been postponed. Kapler, among other coaches, was present for that meeting.
We will keep you updated on any developments with this story moving forward.