Sports are generally considered a distraction from real life, but that is a fallacy. Real life hits sports and there’s no bigger story in real life than Coronavirus and events are being cancelled daily.
Most notably, NBA player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus leading to the NBA first cancelling the Thunder/Jazz game then suspending the season indefinitely. The Jazz have played 5 games since Gobert may have become a carrier, all of those teams have played multiple games, this is how contagion works.
The NCAA announced no fans will be in attendance for March Madness. I have to wonder what happens if a player on any of the 68 teams tests positive.
MLB will hold a meeting Friday to discuss their plans. In the meantime exhibition games are already being canceled.
I’m preparing for baseball to follow the NCAA’s plan, especially in Houston where a large rodeo was halted and cancelled. This is notable because the Angels open in Houston in 14 days.
I know the words “Opening Day” are sacred among baseball fans, but I doubt any of us will be in attendance this go around. The baseball schedule is already too jam packed to move games around. Most ballparks are open air so the season can’t get pushed too far back. So empty ballparks seems the logical conclusion. Teams still collect the TV money that way.
There will be others, and this beats unknowingly bringing Cvid 19 home to grandma for Easter.
On a more normal day, I’d lead with these links….
Tom Verducci did a great piece on Shohei Ohtani. Angels fans are graced with not one, but two generational talents.
With Ohtani missing six weeks of the season and Canning’s status uncertain, Angels GM Billy Eppler should be looking at teams with surplus and/or out of options pitchers. Here are a couple with good velo and high spin rate who might catch his eye.
Showtime Sundays were great when Ohtani was a rookie in 2018. But might that now be Showtime Wednesday?
Out in the desert, Joe Maddon got Angels players and execs to shave their heads to raise funds for children with cancer. Well done, guys.
Meanwhile in Tempe top prospect Jo Adell is trying to make the difficult leap to MLB. Is he making progress?
For our Spring Training enthusiasts (guilty as charged) Ballpark Digest is having a fan voting contest to determine the best Cactus League park. For my money, it is Goodyear all day.
SI also did 2020 predictions and have the Angels going 92-70. I think we’d all take that.
Not a link, but I made my annual Spring Training pilgrimage last week.
Taking my son to Tempe Diablo was incredible. One of the best days of my life. My dad joined the trip as he has the last 4 years and a cousin met us out there. Spending time with family at the ballpark, three generations at times, is simply priceless.
We met up with Tim Fletcher (David’s dad) and ran into Kole Calhoun’s dad outside of the D’backs/Angels game. Kole really enjoyed his time here and was obviously happy to get a nice response from the Angels home crowd. He’s built himself a nice house, complete with a batting cage that descends from the ceiling. Mr. Calhoun is a really nice guy, down to earth, and happy to have his son and grandbaby back home. I told him Kole was a fan favorite on our site, that we enjoyed his hustle and wish him well.