Shildt on BLM: Everyone should 'have the same even playing field in life

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By NewsRadio 1120 KMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) Cardinals manager Mike Shildt, who wore a Black Lives Matter shirt during his pregame video conference, was asked about the message the team is spreading: 

"It’s about solidarity, it’s creating awareness, and I’m not going to get into the specifics of the actual entity. For me it’s more about what it represents in total that we continue to look to treat people fairly, that people regardless of race or color feel safe going out of their homes or feel safe in certain situations or circumstances that candidly, quite frankly, and obviously hasn’t been the case, especially with the African American population. That’s just reality. Everybody has their own version of reality, but I choose to support the fact that equality and unity is important and everybody should be - just like on a baseball field - have the same even playing field in life as well."

Kolten Wong wears a #Black Lives Matter” shirt while taking ground balls before tonight’s game #STLCards pic.twitter.com/Q4vpCXDa8O

— KMOXSports (@KMOXSports) July 24, 2020

Shildt also was asked about his feelings on some Cardinals fans who may disagree with what the team is doing: 

"It's great to have the acknowledgment and that's kind of the place that you've got to start at," Flaherty says. 

The next day, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. expressed his support for what Flaherty and the team decided to do in bringing awareness to social justice the Black Lives Matter movement. 

I think it’s great that Jack (Flaherty) personally is taking a very active interest, and I know a number of our players have done that as well," DeWitt Jr. says. "And we, as an organization, are totally committed to it. It’s an important social responsibility, I believe, of an institution like the St. Louis Cardinals.

"We’ll continue to support all the efforts that go into having social justice and the program for Black Lives Matter."

Around MLB on Opening Day teams found different ways to address matters of race and justice. The Boston Red Sox had a 250-foot billboard on the stadium: 

#BLACKLIVESMATTER pic.twitter.com/bnHZuyo6Qs

— Red Sox (@RedSox) July 23, 2020

The Tampa Bay Rays shared a not-so-subtle tweet in support of justice for Breonna Taylor: 

Today is Opening Day, which means it's a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor

— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) July 24, 2020

The Yankees wore Black Lives Matter t-shirt during batting practice:

Equality is not just a word, it’s our right. pic.twitter.com/LvmW9NqTT2

— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 2020

Yankees manager Aaron Boone is wearing a Black Lives Matter shirt during his Opening press conference today. https://t.co/cYlzorzOTi pic.twitter.com/vXAvmbEqXf

— Marly Rivera (@MarlyRiveraESPN) July 23, 2020

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