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Giants ‘continue to have conversations’ about not playing Wednesday’s game

Following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, the Giants and Dodgers have considered not playing the second game of their series.

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The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers are scheduled to play a game Wednesday night at 6:45 p.m. But just a few hours before first pitch, it’s unclear whether the game will take place.

To protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, manager Gabe Kapler said that the Giants “continue to have conversations” about playing the second game of the series.

Reporters showed the Giants having some of those conversations before the game, and then both teams clearing the field.

Earlier on Wednesday, the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks were set to play the Orlando Magic in a playoff game, but never took the floor. Shortly before the scheduled tip-off, the Magic vacated the floor as well. The other four NBA teams slated to play later in the day — the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Portland Trail Blazers — all decided not to play as well.

Shortly after those protests, the Milwaukee Brewers and Cincinnati Reds decided not to play their game as well.

And then the Seattle Mariners and San Diego Padres.

All six WNBA teams that were scheduled to play on Wednesday — the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, Connecticut Sun, and Phoenix Mercury — opted to protest as well.

There’s no single correct way to protest. If the Giants and Dodgers decide to play, hopefully they use it as a chance to use their enormous platforms to spread awareness and encourage action.

And if they choose not to play ... well, that would be a pretty strong and important showing. This is, of course, far, far, far more important than baseball, and a stand needs to be taken. Kapler said in his Wednesday statement that they are going to “look for ways to use our platform individually and as an organization to promote meaningful change and to combat inequality and injustice.”

That’s what’s important right now.