San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler has taken a Steve Kerr/Colin Kaepernick-style approach when it comes to the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, and that’s to not come out of the clubhouse until the National Anthem has been played:
“I don’t plan on coming out for the anthem going forward until I feel better about the direction of our country” – Gabe Kapler pic.twitter.com/J1MdlVL3XI
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) May 27, 2022
Kapler told reporters before Friday’s series opener at Cincinnati that, moving forward, he doesn’t plan on taking the field for the national anthem “until I feel better about the direction of our country” and that he needs more time to consider specific actions he might suggest be taken to prevent more tragedies of this type, such as stronger gun control laws.
“I don’t expect it to move the needle necessarily,” Kapler said of his decision to not take the field for the anthem. “It’s just something that I feel strongly enough about to take that step.”
Kapler, in a blog post published earlier Friday on his lifestyle brand website, said he was disappointed in himself for not making some sort of protest during the playing of the national anthem Wednesday.
Well that’s one way to handle it.
Stunning and brave
— Laurie (@WaltsPrincesss) May 28, 2022
If he really felt that way, he’d stop going to the games period. This is just virtue signaling for publicity.
— Jeremy Knauff (@jeremyknauff) May 28, 2022
One could take Kapler’s comments as a bit of a slam on the Biden administration and Democrat-controlled Congress.
Wow, didn’t know Gabe Kapler hates Joe Biden so much!!! https://t.co/q1OI2CqiyW
— Flappr (@flapprdotnet) May 28, 2022
There’s no telling when Kapler will “feel better about the direction of our country.”
Editor’s note: The headline has been corrected to change “county” to “country.”