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Sara’s Diary, Day 80 without baseball: Protests

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The pain in America is spilling over on every sidewalk

The city of Chicago raised bridges during yesterday’s protests of the death of George Floyd effectively trapping protesters downtown
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I’m going to spare Al the trouble of putting a “watch the political conversations” disclaimer at the bottom of this post by making it the lede. The point of this post isn’t to debate who is right or wrong in the protests that have erupted in Chicago and every other major city across America. But I honestly don’t know how to write a diary of the world without baseball without talking about a moment that will shape this crisis and its aftermath.

The protests we are seeing every day and night are historic. A generational scream of frustration over injustice that began in response to the murder of George Floyd but have grown to something larger than anything I’ve witnessed. I am seeing truly transformative conversations across every network of my friends and family, from my friends who run, to my friends who teach, even my friends who love baseball.

This would be a huge moment all on its own. But these protests are not happening on their own. They are a spark set on a country littered with the kindling of a once in a century pandemic with unemployment soaring past numbers we haven’t seen since the Great Depression. The country is on fire and I don’t see anyone with the messages, policies or vision to put out the flames right now.

While I wrestle with words that could do justice to what all of us are witnessing each day, I would be remiss if I didn’t share some of the images from Chicago that tell this story better than I can.

George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
By all accounts the protests of the murder of George Floyd began peacefully
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George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
Some protesters participated from cars in masks - social distancing juxtaposed with protest - a grim reminder that these protests are occurring during a pandemic
Photo by Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images
George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
Police in full gear have been deployed throughout the city as protests have gotten increasingly violent each night - this is America in 2020
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George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
A protester holds a sign reading “I just want to live” in front of a line of police officers in full gear
Photo by Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Widespread Damage In Chicago
The bridges were lifted on Saturday to restrict protesters routes out of the city - multiple protesters claimed this move triggered Saturday’s violence
Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images
George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
Protesters flip a Chicago police vehicle as protests grew more violent on Saturday
Photo by Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images
George Floyd Protests And Riots In Chicago
Multiple store fronts in Chicago were destroyed as the night went on
Photo by Jim Vondruska/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Chicago George Floyd protests: City cleans up, reduces access into downtown area as it braces for more unrest
A car burns on the 200 block of North State Street on May 30
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Widespread Damage In Chicago
The shattered windows of Chase Bank in downtown Chicago. Similar scenes were visible throughout the city as some attempted to clean up on Sunday.
Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Widespread Damage In Chicago
A couple takes a selfie outside a burned business on Michigan Avenue on May 31
Photo by Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images

There are no answers here, I have nothing figured out, but I would be doing everyone a disservice if I pretended player and owner negotiations or whether or not Dusty Baker will lose his trademark toothpick with the new COVID-19 rules mattered even a fraction as much as what is happening in Chicago and across the country right now.