Chicago White Sox closest Liam Hendrix is not one to hide his passions – inside or outside the baseball diamond.
After six people were shot and killed in a nearby suburb of Highland Park while attending a July 4 celebration just hours before the White Sox were on the field for their game against the Minnesota Twins, Hendrix was overcome with anger and frustration.
“Unfortunately, in this day and age, it has become very common,” he told reporters. “I think having access to weapons that are kind of used in these things is…something that needs to change. There is something that needs to be done.
He continued, “A lot of people die and there is no excuse for saying: I am on this side or that.” “At some point, things have to get done or get to the point where civilization may come to an end as you know just because there are two completely different sides. Something needs to change. Something has to happen, and it has to happen quickly.”
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After Monday’s tragic shooting, the White Sox considered postponing their game against the Minnesota Twins. But after consulting with MLB officials, the game continued as scheduled – despite the post-match fireworks display being cancelled.
Hendricks – from He was wearing a T-shirt that read “Stars, Stripes, and Reproductive Rights.” Hanging in his locker after Monday’s game – he’s become a standout amongst MLB players lately for his willingness to talk about social issues.
In May, he sharply criticized New York Yankees third businessman Josh Donaldson for calling fellow White Sox teammate Tim Anderson – who is black – “Jackie,” a reference to Jackie Robinson.
Then he told The Athletic last month that when choosing where to sign as a free agent, be sure to ask the teams if they have a pride night in their schedule to support the LGBTQ+ community.
Hendrix, 33, is a two-time All-Star and led the MLS in last season’s saves with 38. He returned to play on Monday after spending nearly three weeks on the list with a forearm strain.