ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Flaherty is calling himself out for not doing enough. But he's not talking about more strikeouts, fewer walks and a World Series championship for St. Louis – he's talking about making the community he lives in better.
In a new column on The Players' Tribune, Flaherty claims he hasn't "done" enough in 2020 to help make positive change. The third-year MLB pitcher wrote a piece titled "Mamba Year" and says a quote from the late Los Angeles Lakers star and international icon, Kobe Bryant, has inspired him to do more.
"Everything negative — pressure, challenges — is all an opportunity for me to rise," the quote reads.
Flaherty, who has been outspoken on social media about racial inequality in the U.S. and has worn a Black Lives Matter t-shirt before starts this season, says he believes people haven given up on this year. But he has other plans.