“I’ve always wanted to support the players’ voice and recognize the platform that they have both as individuals, as well as teammates,” Van Wagenen said.
“We knew they were meeting, and Michael Conforto shared with me the fact the team had voted not to play. They were discussing another way to take the field in some sort of tribute or symbolic gesture to show their support for what’s happening in the world right now. So Michael had talked to me, and what you saw tonight was the conclusion that the players had come to.”
Rojas added that he was “very proud” of the Mets and fully supports what they did.
“And to use the baseball platform to voice their opinion for this topic out there… we all feel strong that we’re very, very much against racism and injustice, and we want that to stop,” Rojas said.
Van Wagenen expressed that “leadership is important” in the Mets’ clubhouse.
“Leaders do what they say they’ll do, and I think that’s something I’m proud about with this organization. I challenge all of us to hold ourselves accountable, not just the job performance that we have in winning baseball games, but elicit real change in society, we need it,” Van Wagenen said.