Although most MLB games were played on Friday, the Astros and A’s held a 42-second moment of silence before walking off the field at Minute Maid Park in Houston.
Black. Lives. Matter. pic.twitter.com/jRFkFYPITq
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 29, 2020
Following the moment of silence, the two teams walked off the field with the game postponed. The two teams will makeup Friday's game on Saturday.
The protests are in response to last Sunday’s shooting of Jacob Blake, who was wounded seven times after an officer fired into his back. The players are protesting in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
As of 9:30 p.m. ET, 12 MLB games were underway or completed on Friday. Two other games are expected to begin at 10 p.m. ET. A doubleheader between the Twins and Tigers was postponed due to rain.
The No. 42 is in honor of Jackie Robinson, the first Black player in the modern era to play in MLB. The players also wore Robinson’s jersey number of 42.
Meanwhile, the NHL and NBA postponed their playoff games to Saturday, while the WNBA resumed play on Friday.