On today’s Locked On Giants podcast, host Ben Kaspick talks about last night’s postponement of the Giants-Dodgers game. The teams decided not to play in protest of the shooting of Jacob Blake. Mookie Betts apparently was a big reason that the Dodgers decided not to play. Betts told his teammates that he wasn’t going to play no matter what, and other Dodgers leaders like Clayton Kershaw said Betts’ powerful message resonated with the team and they decided that the best way they could stand with their respected teammate was to decide not to play as well. It’s less clear how Giants players felt about postponing the game, but manager Gabe Kapler and president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi were crystal clear that they stood by the decision to postpone the game in protest of police brutality and systemic racism.
The Giants will play a double header today, with each game being only seven innings. It will be the first time the Giants experience the new seven-inning double header rule, which is in place this season in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. On today’s show, Ben also takes some more questions from listeners left over from last week’s mailbag. He discusses a hypothetical trade involving the Giants and Indians. He talks about whether the Giants should target relief pitching at the upcoming trading deadline. And he talks about all the new rule changes this year and which, if any, are likely to stick.