Whereas their gamers competed towards one another on the sector, the social media groups for the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees collaborated Thursday evening in an effort to lift consciousness about gun violence in the US.
In wake of the latest mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, each groups opted to make use of their platforms to offer “information about gun violence in America” as a substitute of offering any stay commentary about Thursday’s recreation.
“All of us should be protected — in faculties, grocery shops, locations of worship, our neighborhoods, homes and America,” the Rays posted previous to first pitch. “The newest shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the core.
“This can’t change into regular. We can’t change into numb. We can’t look the opposite manner. Everyone knows, if nothing adjustments, nothing adjustments.”
Added the Yankees, who’ve greater than 3.6 million Twitter followers: “The devastating occasions which have taken place in Uvalde, Buffalo and numerous different communities throughout our nation are tragedies which can be insupportable.”
All through the sport, the groups posted the identical information — in addition to attributing the place they obtained them — in live performance with one another on their respective Twitter feeds.
MLB groups’ social media accounts are often used throughout video games to indicate video highlights, relay baseball statistics or change witty jokes with different accounts concerning the motion on the sector. On Thursday, that was changed by posts like “Firearms have been the main explanation for demise for American kids and youths in 2020.”
Tampa Bay additionally pledged to make a $50,000 donation to a nationwide gun violence prevention group. The Rays, who’ve greater than 650,000 followers, additionally modified their Twitter header to a picture studying “Finish Gun Violence.”
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The collaboration comes after an 18-year-old gunman killed 19 kids and two lecturers at Robb Elementary Faculty on Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas. In Buffalo, 10 folks have been killed on Could 14 when an 18-year-old gunman opened hearth in a grocery store. Each gunmen have been utilizing AR-15-style assault rifles.
“We perceive that no single group can remedy this disaster alone,” the Rays posted, “however working collectively, we will make an impression.”
A number of notable sports activities figures — together with Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr — have used their platforms over the previous few days to plead for motion to fight gun violence.
The Texas college capturing was notably private for Rays reliever Brooks Raley, who’s from Uvalde and nonetheless has household who stay within the city. He attended the college the place the capturing occurred.
The Related Press contributed to this report.
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