The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks have chosen to not play the final game of the four-game series in Phoenix originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. (Mountain time).
There was much discussion on social media and on the AT&T SportsNet broadcast last night when the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks chose to play on a night when several Major League Baseball games (along with NBA, WNBA, and MLS games) were postponed by choice by players who were looking to make a statement in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., and other instances of social injustice that have occurred in our country in recent weeks.
The two teams decided to play on Wednesday and the Rockies posted an 8-7 victory for their third win in a row in Arizona. However, it was evident after the game that the thoughts of both the Diamondbacks and Rockies were with their colleagues who chose not to play as well as the current events happening in our country.
Rockies All-Star outfielder Charlie Blackmon was adamant with his postgame statements about listening to his teammate, Matt Kemp, not only about why he chose to sit out of Wednesday’s game (Kemp was scheduled to be Colorado’s designated hitter on Wednesday but announced on Instagram he would not be playing) but also listening to some of the perspectives on the issues that are boiling over within our country today.
“That’s the most important thing, whether you’re over here, or over here, or over here, if you can’t at least try and understand what your fellow man is going through,” Blackmon told reporters, including Rox Pile, on Wednesday night. “You know, if you can’t put yourself in their shoes, or at least think about what’s going on with them, you know, you might be part of the problem, OK?”
You can read more of Blackmon’s comments in our wrap-up from last night here.
The Rockies made the official announcement about Thursday’s decision on their Twitter account. Colorado is scheduled to return to Arizona for the final series of the regular season, scheduled for September 25-27. It is very likely that Thursday’s game will be made up at that time.
Colorado is slated to open a four-game series against the San Diego Padres on Friday night at Coors Field. With Kyle Freeland‘s start on Thursday not happening, it is likely he will start the opener against the Padres on Friday night.