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Marlins, Mets Walk Off Field in Show of Solidarity for Jacob Blake

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Members of the grounds crew close the field as the lights are turned down at Citi Field after the New York Mets and Miami Marlins walked before a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, in New York. Players jointly walked off the field after a moment of silence, draping a Black Lives Matter T-shirt across home plate as they chose not to play. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Thursday’s Marlins-Mets game ended up being a no-go after all. The teams simply took to the field for the National Anthem, and then observed a 42-second moment of silence to honor Jackie Robinson. To the disappointment of many fans, but in a show of solidarity, players then left the field quietly to protest last Sunday’s police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin. A Black Lives Matter t-shirt was left at home plate. Neither team has offered additional comments on the issue. https://twitter.com/Marlins/status/1299137303508586498?s=20 However, a video appeared online Thursday showing Mets manager Brodie Van Wagenen bashing the MLB for its response to the protests. The clip, which was posted by a Twitter user but has since apparently been deleted, shows Van Wagenen discussing the possible boycott that occurred Thursday night. However, he apparently wanted his team to come back to the field an hour later. He then says that MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred “doesn’t get it,” in reference to the boycotts. Van Wagenen later apologized for making that remark on a hot mic.