New York Yankees legend Reggie Jackson has some thoughts on Ian Desmond and the state of MLB.
Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies capped off the first group of MLB players to announce their non-participation in the 2020 season with an absolute flourish.
In an Instagram post that every MLB fan owes it to themselves to read in order to get a proper education on the multi-faceted reasons why someone might not want to play baseball in 2020, Desmond lays out the myriad ways that he can continue to fight for the cause while stationed at home.
Desmond prominently and touchingly cites the ever-widening gap between the representation of the races, still evident at both the highest and lowest levels of MLB. He believes he owes it to his pregnant wife and young children not only to keep them safe during this turbulent time, but to explain to those who remain locked in his household exactly what is going on with the world at this moment, and what we can all individually do to change it.
That’s Desmond’s job as a dad, after all.
Among the many who were touched by Desmond’s words included Yankees legend Reggie Jackson, who lived through many of the same issues while playing the game in the turbulent 1960s and ’70s. It’s become clear in recent weeks that not nearly enough has changed, and Jackson made that evident with his response.
I could wax poetic all day about these words, but, “I don’t have a lot of time left to see change” really does say it all.
While it’s upsetting to reflect on the fact that Jackson believes his mission is running short on time, the 74-year-old slugger was certainly heartened to see the words he was having trouble expressing written out in full by one of those he inadvertently passed the torch to several decades ago.
There’s a lot of reflection still to be done in America these days, but Desmond did a whole lot of good yesterday. Take it from Mr. October.