How Giants announcer Renel Brooks-Moon reacted to Gabe Kapler kneeling


Giants fans have badly missed the voice of Renel Brooks-Moon during baseball's hiatus. On Monday, the Giants' public address announcer was reminded of why she missed the game so much these past few months. 

Brooks-Moon, a Black woman who grew up in Oakland, tweeted she was moved to tears Monday night watching manager Gabe Kapler and several other Giants kneel during the national anthem before playing the A's in the Coliseum.

Kapler became the first MLB manager to kneel during the anthem before the Giants' 6-2 win over the A's. He was joined by coaches Antoan Richardson and Justin Viele, as well as players Austin Slater, Jaylin Davis and Mike Yastrzemski. The manager addressed the team before the game on his decision, and made it clear he wouldn't judge whatever each individual chose to do. 

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"I wanted to share what my plans were and I did that because I wanted them to know that I wasn't pleased with the way our country has handled police brutality. I told them that I wanted to amplify their voices and I wanted to amplify the voice of the Black community and marginalized communities as well," Kapler said. "I told them that I wanted to use my platform to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with the way we've handled racism in our country. I wanted to demonstrate my dissatisfaction with our clear systemic racism in our country.

"And I wanted them to know that they got to make their own decisions and we would respect and support those decisions. I wanted them to feel safe in speaking up, and so we had these kinds of discussions for the last several days and will continue to have them."

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Brooks-Moon became the second full-time female public address announcer in MLB history when she joined the Giants in 2000. She also was recognized by the Baseball Hall of Fame as the first female announcer of a championship game in any professional sport when she did so in the 2002 World Series. 

The voice of the Giants has been an advocate for racial and gender equality, and she couldn't have been happier with the Giants' brave decision on Monday night.

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