Anyone looking for the usual Yankees game coverage on the team’s official Twitter account Thursday night encountered something much more impactful: information about gun violence.
On the heels of the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, earlier this week, the Yankees and Rays’ official Twitter accounts collaborated and decided to use the time during Thursday’s game, where they would normally be Tweeting about the action at Tropicana Field, to, as the Yankees put it in a graphic, “offer facts about the impacts of gun violence.”
The Rays, shortly before first pitch, also announced that the organization had made a $50,000 pledge to Everytown for Gun Safety’s Support Fund.
And, instead of highlights, GIFs, graphics, or anything else during the game, both teams offered the same series of Tweets with facts, statistics, and research on gun violence in America:
This week’s shooting at Robb Elementary School was the 27th school shooting this year alone in America, and there have now been more than 200 mass shootings in the country in 2022, according to the Gun Violence Archive.
The Yankees’ and Rays’ efforts may have been spurred in part by the past of Rays hurler Brooks Raley, who attended Robb Elementary School and still has family in Uvalde, and discussed the incident with Tampa Bay Times Rays writer Marc Topkin on Wednesday.
Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo is also unfortunately an alum of a school recently affected by gun violence, as his alma mater, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, saw 17 people killed in a shooting back in February 2018.
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