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En Fuego PM: Giants' Gabe Kapler Deserves Standing Ovation for National Anthem Stance

Gabe Kapler's stance on the National Anthem is just one of the stories taking us into the holiday weekend.

Tragedy struck this week when 19 children and two teachers lost their lives when they were shot and killed at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

It was another mass shooting in a country that seems willing to do anything to curb an unrelenting and harrowing trend other than enact real change.

Before the country even knew the totality and timeframe of the tragedy, pundits and talking heads already had their talking points locked and loaded.

Another sickening part in all this is that Uvalde is the latest mass shooting but it won’t be the last. Not until this country makes significant changes.

San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler has seen enough and will be taking a step back during the National Anthem.

A blog post written by Kapler on Friday delves into his thinking.

“When I was the same age as the children in Uvalde, my father taught me to stand for the pledge of allegiance when I believed my country was representing its people well or to protest and stay seated when it wasn’t,”Kapler writes. “I don’t believe it is representing us well right now.”

He explains that on Wednesday he went out onto the field as he has many times, placed his hand over his heart as he had countless moments in his life.

“My brain said drop to a knee; my body didn’t listen. I wanted to walk back inside; instead I froze. I felt like a coward. I didn’t want to call attention to myself. I didn’t want to take away from the victims or their families. There was a baseball game, a rock band, the lights, the pageantry. I knew that thousands of people were using this game to escape the horrors of the world for just a little bit. I knew that thousands more wouldn’t understand the gesture and would take it as an offense to the military, to veterans, to themselves.

But I am not okay with the state of this country. I wish I hadn’t let my discomfort compromise my integrity. I wish that I could have demonstrated what I learned from my dad, that when you’re dissatisfied with your country, you let it be known through protest. The home of the brave should encourage this.”

Kapler is one of the more unorthodox managers in MLB, mixing old school mentality with new school ingenuity. He again proved willing to lead. In this instance, it's a powerful symbol that keeps the conversation going. 

This country tells itself that it’s exceptional. But it will take people like Kapler, forcing us to be better, that will one day make it true again.

Heading into the weekend, there are a lot of storylines to follow. Here are a few. 

Inevitable Conclusion

It’s crazy how many have already written off the Miami Heat as they take on the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

I mean, I don’t think they stand a chance. It’s just crazy that nobody believes that a one-legged Jimmy Butler and a few limping teammates can’t force a Game 7.

Alas, a Celtics vs. Warriors showdown looks entertaining.

Game 6: Friday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Odds: Boston -8.5

Who Shoves? Honestly?

Rolly Romero and Gervonta Davis had their weigh-in ahead of their Saturday Showtime PPV clash. And while there may be heavy-hitting to come in the ring, the preliminary event turned into a shoving match.

Well, it was more of a one-off push between two little dudes that may or may not have been to sell more PPV buys.

It was still more exciting than my weigh-ins, which I have come to expect as nothing more than disappointment in visual form.

Read More: Watch as Gervonta Davis shoves Rolando Romero off stage after weighing in for Showtime PPV bout

Baseball Breakdown

Earlier in the week, we were treated to the sight of MLB villainy when some dude straight up jacked a young fan's free ball from the hands of Aaron Judge.

Thankfully, we now have a Jomboy breakdown of the moment.