In a year people thought would already live in infamy especially in the sports world, another historic event happened across all major sports last week. Games in the NBA, MLB, and MLS were postponed due to players from all sports coming together and deciding to strike their individual sports as a stand for change in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake and the subsequent protests and violence that was occurring in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The news first struck the sports world on Twitter when ESPN senior NBA writer Marc J. Spears tweeted that the “Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics had met in their hotel to discuss the possibility of boycotting Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in light of the Jacob Blake shooting.” This news was followed when the Milwaukee Bucks did not come onto the court for warmups for Game 5 against the Orlando Magic. After reports started to surface that they may strike, it was confirmed that the game was postponed, along with all other NBA games shortly after that. Not too long after the news from the NBA broke, the Milwaukee Brewers announced that they had agreed to not play their game against the Cincinnati Reds. In reaction to the NBA strike, several MLS players started stepping up and demanding the MLS respond and almost every team did with five games postponed with only Orlando and Nashville deciding to play.
The Cardinals had a team meeting prior to the game according to Tyler O’Neil. After pitcher Jack Flaherty and outfielder Dexter Fowler decided not to play, the players all supported them in their decision but with so many games already missed and with a lot of doubleheaders ahead, they felt it best not to add to that workload. After the Brewers-Reds game was postponed, three more MLB games would be postponed by the end of the night.
After what was already an unprecedented hold on sports at the beginning of the year, a scenario that didn’t seem possible a month ago has happened. Eventually, the games resumed, but the players took charge of their leagues and demanded attention for something “bigger than sports” and after the reaction from the news and sports world they have more than done that. It will be very interesting to see what transpires down the road, but now one thing is for sure: March 12 and August 25, 2020, are two days that will forever be etched into history.