The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros will not play their game scheduled for August 28th amid the continued protests across Major League Baseball. This one comes on Jackie Robinson Day as the two teams made a statement by taking the field wearing the no. 42 uniforms.
Black. Lives. Matter. pic.twitter.com/jRFkFYPITq
— Oakland A’s (@Athletics) August 29, 2020
After both teams took the field for the contest, they held a silent protest and then exited the field. This comes after the last two days have seen plenty of postponements in the protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer. The latest being the game between the Astros and Athletics who will not play their recent contest.
Upon exiting the field, the two teams both left a no. 42 jersey at home plate with a Black Lives Matter shirt as well. This is a continuation of the protests which have continued across Major League Baseball as well as other sports leagues like the NBA.
This is bigger than baseball, its echoed throughout the sports world as the protests continue where players use platform and voices to enact change. These two teams felt that this was an opportunity to make a stand, especially after the Astros game on Wednesday, when the Milwaukee Brewers initiated the protests was canceled before this on account of Hurricane Laura.
The Astros and Athletics were unified with their actions on the field tonight and it was a great demonstration.