For the second straight day, Oakland Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell took a knee during the national anthem before the A’s game against the Texas Rangers. “If it ends up driving me out of baseball, then so be it.
It’s not just the players anymore. Even some national anthem performers are taking a knee in solidarity, as protests spread across the NFL after President Donald Trump on Friday called any player who did so a “son of a bitch” and urged team owners to fire them. In Tennessee, former “The Voice” contestant Meghan Linsey and guitar player Tyler Cain linked arms and dropped to one knee as they concluded the national anthem before the Titans-Seahawks game on Sunday: No players from either team were on the field during the anthem. Both sides remained in their locker rooms. After the game, Linsey retweeted this message defending her from a critic: In Detroit, singer Rico LaVelle dropped to a knee
One of the perks of being a last-place sports team is that you get to pick high in the draft the next year. The Oakland A’s benefited from this consolation prize the last couple summers, getting the No. 6 overall pick both times and using them on dominant lefty pitcher A.J. Puk and high-ceiling teenage outfielder Austin Beck. Now they have one of the best farm systems in the sport, thanks in part to all the losing that brought them those top guys. When the season is hopeless and there’s nothing to play for, wishing for the best possible draft selection is one of the shiniest silver linings to be found. Whether you want to call it outright tanking, or simply shifting priority from present to future,