Rhys Hoskins Leads Way in Phillies’ Decision Not to Play
The Phillies will not just stick to sports, they instead chose to use their platform.
In the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., they joined other pro leagues, teams and athletes in deciding to not take the field for their scheduled game tonight in Washington.
Shortly after the announcement that the Phillies’ game against the Nationals had been postponed, Rhys Hoskins explained the reason why the team decided not to play Thursday's game in Washington, saying that several of his teammates were very emotional.
“It’s tough to see some of these guys have these thoughts that I’ve never had," Hoskins said. "It should hit you different because we’re all humans”
Hoskins acknowledged that the team was "on the fence about whether they felt comfortable playing, given the climate in this country right now."
The Phillies first baseman referenced a powerful moment from Wednesday night, when he discussed Mets outfielder Dominic Smith, was very emotional after their game, delivering a powerful post-game interview.
"If that doesn’t hit you differently, it should," Hoskins stated. "Because we’re all human."
Both the Phillies and Nationals came together with a joint statement, saying the two teams agreed not play tonight's game.
The game will be made up, but many of the players hope this moment will help in some way make change.