After reflecting and meeting as a group, Rockies players have decided not to play today’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, standing in solidarity with athletes and sports teams against social injustice.— Colorado Rockies (@Rockies) August 27, 2020
Yesterday the Rockies and Diamondbacks elected to play after several MLB teams elected to follow the lead of the Milwaukee Bucks and the NBA to sit out the games in solidarity and protest. After more discussions today, the players elected to not play today's game.
The boycotts of games, as they have been called, were organized in response to the case of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot by police officers in Kenosha, Wisconsin. When footage of the incident went viral, protests across Wisconsin quickly began and later turned violent. The Milwaukee Bucks chose not to play on Wednesday in a gesture of solidarity for their community and support of the message of the protests. The rest of the NBA teams scheduled to play last night and tonight followed, as did the Brewers-Reds, Mariners-Padres, and Giants-Dodgers games yesterday.
The Rockies are scheduled to begin a three-game series with the Padres at home in Denver beginning Friday night at 6:40 pm MT.