Last Wednesday, Stephen King and John Grisham got together on Zoom to discuss their new books, publishing, coronavirus… and baseball! King expressed what many of us are feeling: “For a while, I’ll go along and everything will seem cool and then I’ll realize I’m missing a big part of my life.” Grisham agreed, noting that we’re experiencing something that we’ve never had to experience before: “Baseball has survived everything. Depressions. Wars. Recessions. We’ve always had it.”
Check out their conversation in the video below – or fast forward to the 50:47 mark to catch their discussion of baseball:
Yesterday, Chef Jose Andres and his World Central Kitchen set up shop outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. They will be there every Saturday as long as needed. They plan to provide about 10,000 to 20,000 meals each week. Since we can’t have baseball right now, this is a great use of the stadium!
Baseball is back! At least in Taiwan, where the Chinese Professional Baseball League celebrated Opening Day last week:
There may be no human fans, but there are fans:
And the rest of the world is really jealous right now!
The Best of the Week: Cal Ripken, Jr., joined Twitter! Ripken was encouraged to join Twitter in order to promote his latest endeavor to help feed families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cal, brother Bill, and their Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation have joined Ollie’s Bargain Outlet and the Kevin Harvick Foundation to create the “Strike Out Hunger” campaign. Together, these organizations have contributed $250,000 to Feeding America and their member food banks across the country.
We can always count on the Iron Man to help support the community. And we love his reminiscing and dog pictures, too!
The Best of the Week was the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame’s announcement that they would be producing a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead! The Bobble Hall is taking orders now and expect to begin shipping them in July. In addition, they will donate $5 from everyone they sell to the American Hospital Association’s 100 Million Mask Challenge.
Maybe its not quite baseball-related, but it will forever remind me of the 2020 baseball season. He’ll have a special place of honor on my bobblehead shelf, perhaps next to Spider-Manny and Trey Iron-Mancini!
On what would have been Opening Day, Fanatics apparel company and MLB announced that Fanatics would be producing hospital masks and gowns, instead of MLB uniforms, to aid in the fight against coronavirus. To start with, they are using the fabric that is normally used to produce New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies’ jerseys:
A-Rod thinks its a good idea:
And ESPN interviewed Fanatics’ company chairman, Michael Rubin, on this and other issues:
Its been another rough week for the world, but there have been a few bright spots. For example, businesses, including MLB are trying to find ways to continue to pay their workers. On Thursday, MLB announced they would continue to pay minor leaguers at least until the originally scheduled start of the MiLB season:
Earlier in the week, MLB announced a fund for stadium workers:
While these gestures are a good start, only time will tell of they will be enough. In the meantime, to cheer yourself up, check out the best baseball video of the week:
With baseball and pretty much everything else in the world on hold, I was tempted to post an empty page for the Best of the Week. But baseball always finds a way to entertain us:
Adam Jones is always the Best of the Week. On Tuesday, Jones hit his first home run of spring training for the Orix Buffaloes. Unfortunately, no one was there to see it. The Nippon Professional Baseball League has closed the rest of their spring exhibition games to the public in order to prevent further spread of the coronavirus. The Japanese league is also considering postponing the beginning of the regular season, which is scheduled to start on March 20.
After Tuesday’s game, Jones posted a picture of himself on Instagram with that home run ball, stating: “Since we can’t have fans at the game for the exhibition games I hope someone awesome gets this gift. It might have my germs on it though.”
On Thursday, U.S. Reps. David Trone (D-Md.), William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.), and Ann Wagner (R-Mo.), and Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) held a news conference to call for the inclusion of Curt Flood in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The lawmakers are urging the Hall’s Golden Days Committee to nominate Curt Flood when they meet in December. Joining the congressional efforts are the Players’ Associations of all major sports.