DUNEDIN, Fla. — After a black man was killed by a police officer in Minneapolis, Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks decided he couldn’t play Monday night against the Blue Jays.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Hicks came to him Monday afternoon in the wake of the news that Daunte Wright, 20, was shot by an officer during a traffic stop on Sunday and told him he was struggling with the events.
“It’s just been a hard day for him, understandably, emotional,” Boone said before the Yankees opened their series against Toronto at TD Ballpark. “He felt like he would have a hard time going out there tonight. All I can do is try the best I can to offer support. I understand how he’s feeling.”
Boone added that he also talked to Giancarlo Stanton, who was outspoken during last summer’s racial unrest, and the DH was also considering not playing as of Monday afternoon.
“It’s life,” Boone said of Hicks’ decision. “This is our livelihood. It’s really important to us, but the people we come in contact with each and every day and work with closely and…