Reggie Jackson has renewed hope he’ll see meaningful change in baseball his lifetime. Following Ian Desmond’s thoughtful and emotional annou
Reggie Jackson has renewed hope he’ll see meaningful change in baseball his lifetime.
Following Ian Desmond’s thoughtful and emotional announcement that he won’t play during the shortened 2020 season — which cited not only COVID-19, but racism throughout the nation and baseball — the 74-year-old Yankees legend was inspired by the Rockies outfielder to share his support via social media.
Recently, Jackson took part in a Monterey, Calif protest, following the death of George Floyd. Afterward, the Hall of Famer expressed his optimism for racial justice in the future:
“Our Protest feels different this time.
“I could see it in the rainbow of skin colors in the crowd a couple days ago in my town at the Monterey Protest Walk.
“It pumped me up inside. Made me feel others could feel what my heart needs.
“I WAS A TEENAGER IN THE 60s. I’VE lIVED IT !
“Finally more are understanding what I’ve felt for the past 60 years. And they’re with me. Made me smile, gave me hope.
“I could hear the words of Jim Brown, “we’re gonna need the power of the white man to make the changes that are needed for us.”
“Yes !!! Finally maybe
“It’s about we as in team.
“We all wear the same uniform USA. So why not have the best players on our team. We need to have our best on the team. To make us the best we can be.
“We need our different cultures involved, the thoughts, ideas, ideals, different people from different lifestyles and experiences, if we’re going to be the best we can be.
“Being involved in sports, we’ve had so many different types of teammates, players and people to make us Champions.
“The 5 times I experienced the championship as a player, as well as the 5 times (10 total) I’ve experienced being a World Championship while working with the Yankees since I’ve retired, while an “Advisor to the Owner.” It was easy to see It takes the entire organization to be our BEST.
“We need participation at higher levels to contribute to this new direction, I’m hoping that can happen.
“I’m hoping to be witness to these changes that are coming.”