The death of George Floyd has shaken the country to its core, as he's yet another unarmed African-American man to die at the feet of those who took the oath to protect and serve all. It's difficult to find the words following serious incidents like this, but before Floyd becomes just another name on the long list of police brutality victims, the time to speak up is now.
That's what New York Mets stars Pete Alonso and Marcus Stroman did on Sunday, as they both posted messages on social media regarding the ongoing protests across the country.
Alonso follows in the footsteps of Carson Wentz, Zach Ertz, and Trevor Lawrence as prominent white athletes to speak out against discrimination by law enforcement. The young first baseman says he'll never understand what it's like to be judged by the color of his skin, but that won't stop him from speaking up. He promises that he'll be an ally to those trying to end racism in communities across the United States.
Before Alonso's Instagram story went viral, Stroman stepped up to the proverbial mound.
Stroman is echoing the sentiment of other black sports stars. Individuals can't say they hate racism if they sit in silence, because that solves nothing. He wants everyone to look themselves in the mirror, wake up, and do something that will peacefully bring changes to society.
The Mets may not have official captains on their team, but Alonso and Stroman stepped up to the plate when it mattered most: to be voices fighting for a better humanity.