WATCH: No Cardinals kneel during national anthem; BLM shirts worn during warmups

Both the Cardinals and Pirates observed a moment of silence before Opening Day at Busch Stadium.

Sam Masterson
July 24, 2020 - 7:29 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - There seemed to be some confusion from St. Louis Cardinals players, who had reportedly planned to take a knee during the pregame ceremonies on Opening Day at Busch Stadium on Friday. One Pittsburgh Pirates player did kneel throughout the national anthem, but everyone on the Cardinals side stood, after some started to kneel, but then stood back up after noticing others not taking a knee. 

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Earlier in the day during media availability it was implied there would be a unified kneeling before the anthem was sung. Other teams around the MLB have taken a knee. 

Players rushed to get onto the field and to lineup in numerical order so the pregame introductions could start at 6:40 p.m.

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There was a moment of silence for the lives that have been lost to the COVID-19 pandemic, then there was a video message from a group of MLB players called The Players Alliance.

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Cardinals players then seemed confused about when to pick up the black cloth and even when to put it down, and when it appeared some were about to kneel, the loudspeakers announced it was time for the national anthem. 

Pirates outfield Jarrod Dyson did kneel throughout the playing of the anthem. He was the lone person on the field who remained on one knee. 

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The pregame ceremonies were capped with Hall of Famer and Cardinals coach Willie McGee throwing out the ceremonial first pitch to outfielder Dexter Fowler. It was a perfect strike. 

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Cardinals players and coaches wore "Black Lives Matter" shirts during warmups and starting pitcher Jack Flaherty kept his own during the pregame ceremonies. 

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