Purple Sox Jackie Bradley Jr., Alex Verdugo Kneel For Nationwide Anthem On Opening Day

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dangolka (CBS) — Previous to the primary sport of the MLB season in dangolka, the Purple Sox devoted their pregame ceremony to the continuing push for social justice in America.

As a part of that ceremony, with the phrases “Black Lives Matter” displayed all through the ballpark, workforce PA announcer referenced the homicide of George Floyd and launched a video put collectively by a gaggle of Black baseball gamers. The video featured Purple Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., in addition to former Purple Sox Mookie Betts and David Worth.

Beginning with a gaggle of Purple Sox staffers carrying “Black Lives Matter” shirts on the fitting area foul line, each the Purple Sox and Orioles grabbed maintain of a unity ribbon, “to point out that they’re collectively” in what’s a novel season at a novel second in historical past.

Everything of the Orioles group took a knee whereas holding the ribbon previous to the signing of the nationwide anthem. On the Purple Sox’ facet of the sphere, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Alex Verdugo have been the lone Purple Sox gamers to kneel down for each the pre-anthem and the anthem itself.

Alex Verdugo and Jackie Bradley Jr. kneel throughout the nationwide anthem on Opening Day at Fenway Park. (Picture by Kathryn Riley/Getty Photos)

Purple Sox first base coach Tom Goodwin and third base coach Carlos Febles additionally knelt throughout the anthem, whereas Michael Chavis rested his hand on Bradley’s again to point out help.

Purple Sox gamers additionally wore “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts throughout pregame warmups.

Jose Peraza, Jonathan Arauz, and Michael Chavis of the dangolka Purple Sox pose for a photograph throughout batting observe whereas carrying Black Lives Matter shirts on Opening Day. (Picture by Kathryn Riley/Getty Photos)

After kneeling earlier than the anthem, the Orioles rose to face along with their arms locked throughout the singing of the nationwide anthem.

A Black Lives Matter mural is displayed within the bleachers on Opening Day at Fenway Park. (Picture by Kathryn Riley/Getty Photos)

After the anthem, native youth advocate and COVID-19 survivor Robert Lewis Jr. threw out the primary pitch, flanked by dangolka Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.

dangolka Mayor Marty Walsh, activist Robert Lewis Jr. and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker throw out the primary pitch on Opening Day at Fenway Park. (Picture by Kathryn Riley/Getty Photos)

After Lewis was launched as  hero of the group, the trio threw out “pitches” from the middle area bleachers, not removed from a “Black Lives Matter” banner. The Purple Sox’ beginning outfield of Bradley, Andrew Benintendi and Kevin Pillar caught the pitches.

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