‘I’ll always remember this day’: Dodgers follow Mookie Betts’ lead to not play – The Athletic

Mookie Betts addressed the Dodgers clubhouse before their game against the Giants on Wednesday night and said he wasn’t going to play, no matter what.

The other 27 men in the room decided they weren’t going to take the field without him.

On one of the most remarkable days in American pro sports history, the Dodgers joined dozens of teams across the NBA, WNBA and MLS in walking out of scheduled games to protest the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. On Sunday, Blake, an unarmed Black man, was shot in the back by a police officer seven times.

The labor strike was kicked off midday Wednesday when the Milwaukee Bucks voted not to take the floor for Game 5 of their playoff series against the Orlando Magic. The NBA then postponed the day’s two remaining playoff games. The WNBA followed suit, and MLS postponed all but one of its matches on Wednesday.

But Major League Baseball kicked off its slate of games Wednesday with hardly…