Yankees and Nationals Kneel in Solidarity before Opening Day Game

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CNBC: “We’ve got a lot of guys in this clubhouse with different beliefs, different feelings, different walks of life and from different countries,” Judge said. “And we want to respect all that and as a team we came to the decision to kneel right before the anthem.”
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The Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees knelt together before Opening Day game.

In a joint demonstration of support for the Black Lives Matter movement, players, managers and coaches of the New York Yankees and Washington Nationals knelt in unison before the opening game of the 2020 baseball season, then stood for the national anthem Thursday night.

“We wanted to do something united, something together,” Yankees slugger Aaron Judge said after New York’s 4-1 victory, called in the sixth inning because of rain at Nationals Park.

“We’ve got a lot of guys in this clubhouse with different beliefs, different feelings, different walks of life and from different countries,” Judge said. “And we want to respect all that and as a team we came to the decision to kneel right before the anthem.”

Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle called the moment “powerful.”

It was part of an opening day pregame ceremony in the nation’s capital that also featured references to the coronavirus pandemic -- including an off-the-mark first pitch by Dr. Anthony Fauci -- and the home team’s 2019 championship.

Read rest of CNBC story here: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/24/mlb-teams-kneel-to-back-black-lives-matt...

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