Oracle Park had two decades of home openers, but Tuesday’s day was not any match. The Giants have spent the past week using their platform to protest systemic racism and promote equality, and it was the subject of a 25-minute ceremony against the Padres on Tuesday.
Public address announcer Renal Brooks-Moon led the ceremony, which included moments of silence for civil rights leaders CT Vivian and Representative John Lewis, who both died this month, and “Lift Every Voice and Sing, The Black National “performed anthem, by Stanford Talisman.
Brooks-Moon said, “In 1919, the NAACP declared it as the Black National Anthem; as you will hear, it is a rally for freedom.” “The song is also a prayer, and a protest, and a reminder that the struggles of the past are still alive today, and these struggles must be met with hope, with courage, with perseverance, with faith.
“This demonstration is dedicated to the memory of those who have unjustly lost their lives to systemic racism and to all black leaders who have led the fight for equality and human rights.”
Giants play black national anthem before tonight’s game pic.twitter.com/CAUEmU1eD2
– SF Giants (@NBCSGiants) on NBCS July 29, 2020
The Giants also played a video in which Farhan Zaidi, Gabby Kapler and other members of the organization talked about the movement. “Make no mistake on where we stand” said Kapler in the video. “We are going to take action.”
– SFGiants (@SFGiants) July 29, 2020
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During the national anthem, Kapler once again took a knee, along with Mauritio Dubon, Jaylin Davis, Pablo Sandowal, Mike Yastrizemski, Anton Richardson and many other veterans.