The Yankees And Rays Spent Their Entire Game Tweeting Gun Violence Statistics–And People Are Applauding
Both the Tampa Bay Rays and the New York Yankees, who were facing each other in a game last night, decided to devote their Twitter feeds to sharing facts about gun violence rather than their usual game updates.
The decision by the teams was motivated by two recent mass shootings—one in Buffalo, New York where a White nationalism motivated domestic terrorist opened fire in a grocery store and killed 10 people, and one at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas where a shooter entered the school and killed 19 children and 2 teachers.
Both teams shared their intentions on Twitter before the game.
The Yankees kept it short and to the point, tweeting:
"In lieu of game coverage and in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Rays, we will be using our channels to offer facts about the impacts of gun violence. The devastating events that have taken place in Uvalde, Buffalo, and countless other communities across our nation are tragedies that are intolerable."
The Rays went a little more in-depth with their tweet:
"We all deserve to be safe — in schools, grocery stores, places of worship, our neighborhoods, houses and America. The most recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde have shaken us to the core. The Tampa Bay Rays are mourning these heartbreaking tragedies that took the lives of innocent children and adults."
"This cannot become normal. We cannot become numb. We cannot look the other way. We all know, if nothing changes, nothing changes."
"The Rays organization stands committed to actionable change and has made a $50,000 commitment to Everytown for Gun Safety's Support Fund. Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in America. Rather than our usual game coverage on social media tonight, we've partnered with Everytown to amplify facts about gun violence in America."
"We understand that no single organization can solve this crisis alone, but working together, we can make am impact. We invite you to join us and do what you can, when you can, where you can — because our lives depend on it."
The teams shared many relevant facts throughout the game, which the Yankees won 7-2.
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— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 26, 2022
Twitter users, especially fans of the teams, appreciated what the teams were doing.
When your baseball team cares more about your life than your senators..
Thank you, Rays. Thank you.
— 🌻Renaissance Mandalorian (@indik) May 27, 2022
Thank you. I’m overcome with emotion seeing both your organization and the Yankees taking a hard lead on this …. ❤️❤️❤️
— DC Native (@dcnative2020) May 26, 2022
As a @Cubs fan I have reflexively hated the Yankees for almost all of my life. I may never be able to say that again after tonight. Bravo @Yankees !!!! 👋👋👋
— (((Larry))) vaccinate! vaccinate!! vaccinate!!! (@lairdude) May 27, 2022
I love that you guys are doing this. Taking a stance on crucial issues is good for your brand, & I hope to see more of this in the future.
— Serenity Now! (@Cpo10za) May 27, 2022
Several people who were lifelong fans of other teams said their loyalties were expanding because of the teams' actions.
Oh my God, I think this decision might have made me a Yankees fan, which goes against two generations of family tradition.
More seriously, thank you so much for doing the right thing and using your platform in this way.
— Erika With a K, Overeducated Before It Was Cool 🌻 (@badbuddhist01) May 26, 2022
First time I can ever say I have been a Yankees fan. Nicely done, all.
— Dr. Bunsen Honeydew (@HoneydewLabs) May 26, 2022
I hate the Yankees. But I love this. Thank you.
— Dennis Perkins (@DennisPerkins5) May 26, 2022
Lifelong Red Sox fan here. And I don’t believe I’ve ever typed these words before: Huge props to the New York Yankees, and thank you.
— Rob McDonagh (@RobMcDonagh) May 26, 2022