The “Tip Your Cap 2020” campaign is gaining momentum with numerous politicians, athletes, actors, and other famous people tipping their caps to honor the Negro Leagues 100th Anniversary. As Bill Clinton said, “the Negro Leagues made baseball better and America better.”
Baseball is back! I think the Royals when for the best announcement video, though the Nats come in second (I think some of these teams have just been sitting on these waiting for when they could post them):
Earlier this week, the a Baltimore news station ran a story about Baltimore Orioles pitcher Evan Phillips and his fiance, Elizabeth Devita. The duo are making face masks to donate to healthcare workers. (Phillips measures and cuts the fabric, Devita does the sewing.) They are also selling the masks on Devita’s Etsy page and using the proceeds to buy more mask-making supplies. I only wish they’d shared that Etsy link – those O’s face masks are adorable!
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:
We’re proud to partner with @MLB to support emergency personnel who are fighting against COVID-19 and face a need for masks and hospital gowns. We're utilizing our manufacturing plant in Easton, PA to make masks and gowns out of the same jersey fabric that the players wear pic.twitter.com/5jEg1B2iUa
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:
A league-wide initiative has been announced for Minor League players to receive compensation between now and the scheduled start of the Minor League season. @MLB will continue to work with all 30 Clubs on the development of an industry-wide plan for compensation beyond 4/8. pic.twitter.com/Ck8Lv9uuzp
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.
Great being able to meet with members of Congress and the other Players’ Associations today in order to kick off the push to get Curt Flood into the National Baseball Hall of Fame! #CurtFlood50pic.twitter.com/49MwtymJhE