Phillies manager Gabe Kapler’s home was among those lost in California wildfires

The former Red Sox outfielder wants to raise awareness about the difficulties residents are facing.

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Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler in April, 2018. –AP Photo/Chris Szagola

Philadelphia Phillies manager Gabe Kapler spoke out recently after his family’s home was one of many to be destroyed in California’s ongoing wildfires.

Kapler, a former Red Sox outfielder, acknowledged to Matt Gelb of The Athletic that his Malibu home is gone. Still, his message was focused more on the bigger picture as the wildfires continue.

“Keep talking about it,” Kapler told Gelb. “When you’re out in your community, talk about it with other people. Use it as a way to come together. I sent this text message back to people: Talk about it. Shine light on it. Raise awareness. Feel it.”

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Kapler’s two sons were at the Malibu home with his ex-wife (who lives with their children when he’s in Philadelphia). They left as soon as the mandatory evacuation order was made. With his family safe, Kapler used the moment to focus elsewhere.

“That’s my main point for other people. We’re good,” Kapler said. “Our family is good. There are a lot of other families who are not.”

Noting that “everything is replaceable” regarding the possessions lost in his Malibu home, Kapler’s focus remains on raising awareness.

“We have a responsibility in these times to shed light on the people who are in really, really dire straits,” he said. “And there are plenty of them.”

The Woolsey fire (one of two currently in the state) has burned through more than 96,000 acres in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

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