-1.4 C
Munich
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Mookie Betts Discusses Being the Only African American Player in World Series

Must read

Memphis man arrested for involvement in Capitol riot, Justice Department says

A Memphis man was arrested Friday by the FBI and charged with federal offenses connected to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.Mathew Bledsoe is accused of chronicling the violent insurrection in a series of Instagram photos and videos.One video showed Bledsoe and others outside an exterior door, where an alarm is blaring,…

Flyers star Jakub Voracek blasts ‘weasel’ reporter

Flyers star Jakub Voracek called a reporter a "weasel" during a stunning tirade Friday night.Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, who was critical of Voracek last October, asked the 31-year forward whether this unprecedented season felt different.Appearing agitated as Sielski spoke, Voracek buried his head in his hands and responded, "Doesn’t matter what I say, Mike,…

25,000 National Guard troops deployed to Capitol as Biden inauguration looms

As President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration nears, officials have boosted the number of National Guard members deployed in Washington, D.C., to 25,000 -- an increase of 25 percent.CAPITOL POLICE WARNED BEFORE RIOT THAT 'CONGRESS ITSELF' COULD BE TARGETEDGuard members have fanned out across the U.S. Capitol lawn, inside the building and in surrounding areas of D.C. for days.…

Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey thanks National Guard troops protecting Capitol with sweets

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who keeps the famed "candy desk" well-stocked in the Senate, is sharing his supply with National Guard troops protecting the Capitol.Toomey's staff put together 150 packages of candy and hand-delivered them Friday to members of the National Guard who have been deployed in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.EARLY-MORNING CAPITOL PHOTOS SHOW NATIONAL…

Los Angeles Dodgers' Mookie Betts celebrates a home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning in Game 1 of the baseball World Series Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Eric Gay/Associated Press

Mookie Betts shined in the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ 8-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Tuesday’s Game 1 of the World Series, and he discussed being the only African American player in the Fall Classic during a postgame interview with MLB Network.

“Obviously, there’s got to be more of us here,” he said while revealing he did not know he was the only African American player in the series until he was asked about it.

“It starts in the inner cities,” he continued. “We have to give back and whatnot. I’m doing my part, putting some programs together to get us into baseball. But I hope everybody is out here watching because I’m 5’9″ and 170 pounds just like the majority of us. So, anything is possible.”

MLB Network @MLBNetwork

.@mookiebetts led the way for the @Dodgers in Game One!

He caught up with Harold and Greg on #MLBTonight.

#WorldSeries | #LATogether https://t.co/7u0Z7xQ5bG

In July, Betts told reporters “I think baseball did not do a good job with that,” when discussing the league’s response to the police killing of George Floyd and the worldwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism it sparked.

Liz Roscher of Yahoo Sports noted the league’s statement at the time came after a number of other sports leagues and individual teams issued responses to the moment.

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman was among those who noticed how long it took:

Marcus Stroman @STR0

Took long enough…BLACK LIVES MATTER! 🖤 https://t.co/A8PlNVBXcY

Betts, whom the Boston Red Sox traded to Los Angeles this past offseason, knelt during the playing of the national anthem ahead of the season opener against the San Francisco Giants as a means of protest against systemic racism and police brutality:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Dodgers star Mookie Betts takes a knee during the national anthem before his first game in LA https://t.co/JeFFnE6HZS

On the field in Tuesday’s game, he went 2-for-4 with a home run, two steals, two runs and a walk as the Dodgers’ leadoff hitter in the straightforward victory. He showed off his versatility by making things happen on the basepaths and adding some power with the home run and likely took an early lead in the World Series MVP race as the best player on the field.

Betts won a World Series with the Red Sox in 2018 and appears primed to lead the Dodgers to their first title since the 1988 campaign.

Read More

- Advertisement -

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Latest article

Memphis man arrested for involvement in Capitol riot, Justice Department says

A Memphis man was arrested Friday by the FBI and charged with federal offenses connected to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.Mathew Bledsoe is accused of chronicling the violent insurrection in a series of Instagram photos and videos.One video showed Bledsoe and others outside an exterior door, where an alarm is blaring,…

Flyers star Jakub Voracek blasts ‘weasel’ reporter

Flyers star Jakub Voracek called a reporter a "weasel" during a stunning tirade Friday night.Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Mike Sielski, who was critical of Voracek last October, asked the 31-year forward whether this unprecedented season felt different.Appearing agitated as Sielski spoke, Voracek buried his head in his hands and responded, "Doesn’t matter what I say, Mike,…

25,000 National Guard troops deployed to Capitol as Biden inauguration looms

As President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration nears, officials have boosted the number of National Guard members deployed in Washington, D.C., to 25,000 -- an increase of 25 percent.CAPITOL POLICE WARNED BEFORE RIOT THAT 'CONGRESS ITSELF' COULD BE TARGETEDGuard members have fanned out across the U.S. Capitol lawn, inside the building and in surrounding areas of D.C. for days.…

Pennsylvania Sen. Toomey thanks National Guard troops protecting Capitol with sweets

Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, who keeps the famed "candy desk" well-stocked in the Senate, is sharing his supply with National Guard troops protecting the Capitol.Toomey's staff put together 150 packages of candy and hand-delivered them Friday to members of the National Guard who have been deployed in the wake of the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.EARLY-MORNING CAPITOL PHOTOS SHOW NATIONAL…

James Harden insists he wasn’t being ‘disrespectful’ amid Rockets departure

James Harden insisted Friday he wasn’t disrespectful to anyone when he wanted out of the Houston Rockets and forced a trade to the Brooklyn Nets.Harden made clear after his final game with Houston it wasn’t going to work out with the Rockets and he didn’t have confidence the team could compete for a title, and…