I wish I had something more useful or thoughtful to say than to encourage us all to care for each other, to be safe, and to truly listen to black Americans about their experience in this country. When the rest of us fail to listen or fail to speak, we are accepting a country where black people like George Floyd can be murdered in 2020 because they are black.
That means everyone with a platform of any kind in this country is obligated, among other things, to share certain stories. So I am.
Listen to this man’s whole message. pic.twitter.com/NllcJZVZqB
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 31, 2020
"Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible — even if you’re choking on it — until you let the sun in,” writes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “As long as we keep shining that light, we have a chance of cleaning it wherever it lands.”
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) May 31, 2020
This has been going on for hundreds of years now! And still with little to no change. Got to do better! But how can there be change if the ones with POWER are not willing to listen or do anything about their actions! #BlackLivesMatters
— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) May 30, 2020
— Lucas Giolito (@LGio27) May 31, 2020
Pete Alonso pic.twitter.com/YsAXKLAFX6
— Cara Jeffrey (@cara_jeffrey) May 31, 2020
Holy shit, this is amazing.
Cops in Flint, MI have laid down their batons and taken off their helmets after protesters chant #WalkWithUs.
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 31, 2020
From the Houston Chronicle today. pic.twitter.com/s9rKBQLEG6
— Brett Taylor (@Brett_A_Taylor) May 31, 2020
In things much less important …
• This was not a headline I expected to see, but this weekend has had flickers of optimism on the MLB/MLBPA front, so why not:
Why Scott Boras' comments on Cubs might suggest optimism MLB, union can make deal https://t.co/QFvUW98SFE
— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) May 30, 2020
• I’m not sure the headline totally matches the content of the article, but the article is definitely worth a read. Boras provides a little more context for his comments about how the Ricketts Family, among virtually all other MLB owners, have used debt to purchase their teams and then used team profits to pay down that debt. His point was primarily about the players making sure they have a picture of what “profitability” really looks like for MLB owners, not necessarily for him to encourage them not to negotiate.
• Wood day, yesterday:
#OTD in 2013, Travis Wood hit a grand slam and picked up the W against the White Sox.
Wood's season stat line after the game: .292/.320/.583 (.903 OPS) slash line, 5-3 record and 2.75 ERA. pic.twitter.com/c2ddvclrgi
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) May 31, 2020
• Kinda think this one might go to Bonds:
Barry vs. Belli.
— MLB (@MLB) May 31, 2020
• Found this image yesterday, and it’s pretty awesome to see:
Exactly one year ago I was watching Brailyn Marquez and Brennen Davis take the field for the South Bend Cubs in Dayton. Marquez was consistently hitting 99 on the gun and Davis was putting together the most impressive batting practice I’ve ever seen in my life. I miss those days. pic.twitter.com/rNKyxNW6Fy
— Greg Huss (@OutOfTheVines) May 31, 2020