Several major league managers came out in support of Gabe Kappler this weekend when the Giants captain said he would protest the national anthem after the Uwald School shooting.
But at least one manager disapproved of Kappler’s protest, as White Sox captain Tony LaRusa said Saturday night, “the flag and the national anthem are not appropriate for trying to express your disapproval.”
“I think it’s absolutely right that he cares about … what’s going on in our country,” La Russa said according to ESPN. “He’s right there. Where I disagree is that the flag and the national anthem are not appropriate for trying to express your disapproval.”
Kappler told reporters on Friday that he would stay at the clubhouse to listen to the “Forward” national anthem. He later wrote in a blog post on his website that he was unhappy with “the status quo in this country.”
“I’m not going to debut for the national anthem until I feel better about the direction of our country” – Gabe Kappler pic.twitter.com/J1MdlVL3XI
— San Francisco Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) May 27, 2022
We are not the land of the free now, nor the home of the brave. https://t.co/XilHsz4s0W
– Gabe Kapler (@gabekapler) May 27, 2022
Larusa, 77, said protesting the national anthem was disrespectful and those protesting did not “understand” the sacrifices of service members in the military.
“Some of their courage comes from what the flag means to them and when they hear the national anthem,” the Hall of Fame manager said. “You need to understand what veterans think when they hear the national anthem or see the flag. And the price they and their families pay. If you really understand that, I don’t think it’s possible not to salute the flag and not listen to the national anthem.”