SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco Giants first baseman coach Antoan Richardson and San Diego Padres third baseman coach Mike Shildt hugged on the field before their game on Wednesday, a day after Richardson was expelled following an incident he said included Shildt making comments that had “racist undertones.”
Richardson said Shildt used an expletive and told Giants manager Gabe Kapler to check on Richardson on Tuesday night. At the time, Richardson said he interpreted Shildt’s comment “as if I should be controlled or good or enslaved”.
On Wednesday, the pair chatted on the court and shook hands before speaking to the media regarding the trade. They kissed after talking to reporters.
“I don’t believe he’s racist,” said Richardson, who is black. “I think, however, the important point, he recognizes that some of his words, our words, are powerful and they have an impact. And we just want to raise awareness about a situation that I think is important to our community. »
Shildt, who is white, admitted to using inappropriate language and said he appreciated Richardson saying he was not racist.
“I’m grateful to Antoan for clearing that up,” Shildt said. “Clearly misinterpreted, and I think he knows it, my value as a human is to love people. That’s exactly what I stand for. So I’m grateful to him for clarifying that for me and my family. .
“I don’t know Antoan’s heritage. I can’t walk in his shoes. I can only have empathy and love, which I have and have always had in my life,” he said.
Richardson told reporters Tuesday night that his ejection stemmed from an incident that began when Shildt approached the Giants dugout.
Richardson said he asked Shildt what he needed. The San Francisco coach said Shildt used an expletive and told Kapler to “check” Richardson. “At that point I walked up to the top step and said, ‘Excuse me,’ because I couldn’t believe what I heard” and was kicked out, Richardson said after Tuesday’s game.
Shildt said Wednesday that Padres players and coaches were upset when the Giants’ Steven Duggar stole second base in the second inning with San Francisco leading 10-1. When Shildt went to coach third base on top of third, he and Richardson exchanged words.
“There are emotions rising. We looked at each other and then I looked in the dugout to find a few guys who, they really don’t need to be named, but guys I’ve had relationships with since they were younger or that I’ve done before,” Shildt said.
“I was looking for support to try to defuse the situation. I couldn’t find them, then we exchanged words. I won’t say who started it. We are past that stage. … And I could have handled it differently with my verbiage,” he said.
Shildt said he thought something positive would come out of the controversy.
“The reality is that we have publicly handled this difficult solution as men, with a solution in our hearts without any animosity. And I think it’s a great example of how people can communicate with each other, regardless of background, color or situation,” he said.
After Richardson was ejected, Giants assistant coach Alyssa Nakken took her place at first base. Nakken made history as the first female coach on the field in a Major League Baseball regular season game.
The Giants won 13-2.
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