CHICAGO —Tony La Russa, manager, says he likes and respects both him and his boss Gabe Kapler is manager, but he disagrees with his protest regarding the latest mass shooting.
Kapler said this week that he would remain in the Giants clubhouse as the national anthem is played before each game. La Russa believes the cause and not Kapler.
La Russa stated that he believes he is right to be concerned about what's going on in his country before hosting the event.Saturday night “He's correct there. The flag and the national anthem, which I disagree with, are not the right places to voice your grievances.
On Tuesday, Uvalde Elementary School in Texas was the scene of the deaths of 19 children and 2 teachers. Kapler wrote shortly thereafter an article in which he explained why he couldn't stand outside as the anthem was being played. He also stated that he is “not okay” with the country's current state.
Kapler wrote, “When I was about the same age as Uvalde's children, my father taught us to stand for the pledge when we believed our country was representing our people well. Or to protest and remain seated when it wasn’t.” “I don’t believe it is serving us well at the moment.”
La Russa said that while he respects Kapler's intentions and believes his form of protesting to be disrespectful for servicemen, women, and their families, he disagrees with his.
La Russa explained that “some of their courage comes down to what the flag represents to them and when it is played.” It is important to know what veterans think when they see the flag or hear the anthem. The cost they paid, and the families. It's difficult to not pay respect to the flag and chant the national anthem if you truly grasp that.
Kapler's fellow managers have offered their support and are supporting his decision.
Chris Woodward, manager of Kapler's office, said that Kapler's actions were “brave.”
Woodward stated that “I believe we're all frustrated,” especially in this country. “Nobody's happy. It doesn't really matter on which side of the fence you stand. It's about how we can improve our society. … “I'm not going make any comment on whether or not I would do what he did.”
Alex Cora, Kapler's former teammate, said that Kapler has been vocal about many subjects and “for this, I am proud of him.” He is a friend of mine. I admire him from afar for the work he does. I can understand his reasoning. He was open about it, and I know that there are many people who will stand by him.”
Buck Showalter, Buck's manager, also stated that he respects Gabe's feelings and how he approaches it. Kapler was also mentioned. Manager Joe Girardi replied: “That's Gabe’s decision. That's all. I'm going leave it at that.”
Dave Martinez, manager, said that he rarely takes the field for the anthem as a result of meetings and other pregame preparations.
Martinez stated, “If I'm not there it's because I'm not boycotting anything.” “But I believe that we need something better for everyone's life because what we have right now is not working at any level.
“Everybody is different. Gabe is his own person. Gabe does what he likes. Gabe is different.
Torey Lovullo, Arizona manager, called Kapler “a humanitarian” and said he was supportive of Gabe's work. Lovullo however said that he tried “not to get into that arena.” It's very, very sad for me.
Manager Dave Roberts stated that Kapler is passionate about the things he believes and that this is his method of protesting. … I don’t think anyone is happy about what’s happening in this country. I appreciate people using whatever platforms to address the issue.
This report was compiled by the Associated Press