Twins and Red Sox Game Postponed After Fatal Police Shooting in Minneapolis Suburb

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Twins and Red Sox Game Postponed After Fatal Police Shooting in Minneapolis Suburb

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When you hear that a baseball game has been postponed out of nowhere, without the threat of inclement weather, you immediately worry about a COVID-19 outbreak. Such is life in 2021.

The pandemic isn’t causing the surprising postponement of Red Sox-Twins, however, but it’s still a concerning and serious reason for a postponement:

Amid the trial of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police offer charged with second degree murder after placing his knee on George Floyd’s neck last summer, the city is facing the potential for even more protesting and unrest after another Black man, Daunte Wright, was killed by police:

The Red Sox and Twins were to be playing this afternoon, but you wonder, in addition to any safety considerations for those in the area, whether everyone associated with the two organizations was feeling like it would be appropriate to play in Minneapolis right at this moment. That was an issue last summer for many sports in the wake of George Floyd’s murder, and it’s not as if the issue of systemic racism built into the power structures in so many places simply went away over the course of a few months of protest. It long ago became unhelpfully naive to think you could wholly separate sports and entertainment from the fundamental nature of how we all treat fellow humans.

UPDATE: Sure enough, like the Twins’ statement indicated, there’s just a feeling in the organization like – in addition to safety considerations – it was just not appropriate to play there today:

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.