Sports and The Pandemic

Brewer’s Lorenzo Cain opts out for the rest of the season.

Source: Marlins to transport players, coaches with coronavirus back to Miami

The Miami Marlins, after an 18th player tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, are getting multiple sleeper buses to take infected players and coaches from Philadelphia to Miami, sources told ESPN's Jesse Rogers on Friday.

They’re so poorly prepared for this. Imagine riding a bus from NYC to Seattle while Covid positive. No thanks. I would stop playing right now.

I think it’s the only way they can get the sick players back to their homes. It’s not great but is probably the quickest solution. As it is they’ve all been stuck in hotel rooms.

They could rent a plane. Costs more than a bus though.

LeapingGnome wrote:

They could rent a plane. Costs more than a bus though.

Who is going to staff those planes?

NetJet couldn't possibly put up with that. Maybe Jeter's got his own plane with pilots he will personally fire if they don't fly but he can't possibly have a plane big enough to transport 20 people. Maybe one of the billionaire owners could lend a plane? But again, what pilot making $250k (?) is going to get into the cockpit with 20 infected?

And they still have to go to the airport and go through security. Bus requires one driver getting hazard pay. It’s the least risk to the most amount of people and gets people home to recover.

Vector wrote:

And they still have to go to the airport and go through security. Bus requires one driver getting hazard pay. It’s the least risk to the most amount of people and gets people home to recover.

Charter planes don't go through airport security like the rest of us normal people.

I understand it’s logistically hard. It’s just another example to me of poor planning. The “Miami will charter a bus” part makes it sound like this wasn’t anticipated.

DSGamer wrote:

I understand it’s logistically hard. It’s just another example to me of poor planning. The “Miami will charter a bus” part makes it sound like this wasn’t anticipated.

I feel like the bus option was not their first thought. Like they originally thought they'd fly them home commercial and that didn't pan out. Then Amtrak. Then Greyhound. Hertz.

And then they decided on a luxury bus.

DSGamer wrote:

I understand it’s logistically hard. It’s just another example to me of poor planning. The “Miami will charter a bus” part makes it sound like this wasn’t anticipated.

It makes it sound like that movie Major League.

Top_Shelf wrote:
DSGamer wrote:

I understand it’s logistically hard. It’s just another example to me of poor planning. The “Miami will charter a bus” part makes it sound like this wasn’t anticipated.

I feel like the bus option was not their first thought. Like they originally thought they'd fly them home commercial and that didn't pan out. Then Amtrak. Then Greyhound. Hertz.

And then they decided on a luxury bus.

Totally. And I think even that may be giving Manfred too much credit. Maybe he just thought no one would get sick? Maybe he thought they’d only get sick when they were the home team?

Maybe he thought he could sneak one person home on a plane, but didn’t anticipate a whole team getting sick.

Now he's talking tough about how they're not quitters. I think he should call them...heroes.

And PAC-12 players are grouping up to make demands of that conference, primarily around injustice but also safe play, health insurance and economic issues.

I'm old enough to remember that the worst thing a baseball commissioner ever did was end the All Star Game in a tie.

"We are playing," Manfred told Ravech. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable."

Why do people try to tough-guy a goddamn virus? It can't hear you, you cannot threaten to beat it up, you can't send it to Guantanamo. You cannot pushups and MOLON LAABE your way out of a goddamn infection.

Eduardo Rodriguez is out for the season because of the myocarditis from Covid:

“In the course of monitoring Eduardo after his return, we discovered that he was showing evidence of myocarditis, which is an inflammation of the heart, and fortunately, the severity of that complication looked mild,” Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom said before Saturday night’s game against the Yankees.

“We were optimistic that it would resolve in short order and that we would be progressing back to pitching. As we’ve continued to monitor it, it has not resolved. It is still there,” he said.

The article goes on to say that he is expected to make a full recovery.

PAC-12 demands: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/en...

Get some:

Players wrote:

Medical insurance selected by players for sports-related medical conditions, including COVID- 19 illness, to cover six years after college athletics eligibility ends.

The freedom to secure representation, receive basic necessities from any third party, and earn money for use of our name, image, and likeness rights.

Distribute 50% of each sport’s total conference revenue evenly among athletes in their respective sports.

Six-year athletic scholarships to foster undergraduate and graduate degree completion.

Also demands the right to secure counsel before signing waivers, requires transparency around testing protocols and health insurance protections in the event of a bad health outcome.

And demands pay cuts for coaches/administrators to pay for reinstatement of cancelled sports.

Love this solidarity coming from the players.

That is admirable, and my response to it is, well, I want a pony. This is really an attempt do try to change all sorts of long-running issues with collegiate sports, and it's not likely to happen in the best of times, let alone in the face of what anybody sane thinks is going to be a canceled season anyways. I'm completely on-board with every single demand there, and I don't think there's a chance any of them happens.

The medical insurance demand makes the most sense this season. Can't risk covid, ICU, ventilator without good insurance.

It’s literally insane that anyone would expect an 18 year old kid to risk taking the field during a pandemic and with only his parents’ insurance to protect him financially. It’s so f*cked it’s not even funny.

The whole PAC 12 list of demands rocks so hard.

Stele wrote:

The medical insurance demand makes the most sense this season. Can't risk covid, ICU, ventilator without good insurance.

Almost seems like medical coverage should be handled in some bigger societal way.

Prederick wrote:
"We are playing," Manfred told Ravech. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable."

Why do people try to tough-guy a goddamn virus? It can't hear you, you cannot threaten to beat it up, you can't send it to Guantanamo. You cannot pushups and MOLON LAABE your way out of a goddamn infection.

Reese really was from the future.

Prederick wrote:
"We are playing," Manfred told Ravech. "The players need to be better, but I am not a quitter in general and there is no reason to quit now. We have had to be fluid, but it is manageable."

Why do people try to tough-guy a goddamn virus? It can't hear you, you cannot threaten to beat it up, you can't send it to Guantanamo. You cannot pushups and MOLON LAABE your way out of a goddamn infection.

This is professional sports, tough-guy culture. Where's it's better to tough out an injury despite the fact that your play is hurting you team than admit an injury. Where attending the birth of your child is a sign of weakness.

And beyond that, all of these players have been coddled and protected from reality since they were in high school, so why should some silly virus that's a problem for normals be any concern of theirs? I'd love for someone to do a survey of athletes -- I'd be willing to bet that they're more likely than a Fox News viewer to think it's no big deal.

Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich tells WR Kassidy Woods joining unity group would create 'an issue'

Woods called to inform Rolovich that he was opting out of the 2020 season because he has sickle cell trait and would be at an enhanced risk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rolovich told Woods he had no issue with the reasoning but then asked whether Woods would be part of the unity movement, a group of Pac-12 players threatening to opt out of this season if the league does not meet a set of demands. Woods said he would be supporting the movement.


"That's going to be an issue if you align with them as far as future stuff,"
Rolovich said, according to the Morning News. "The COVID stuff is one thing. But joining this group ... it's going to be different. If you say, 'I'm opting out 'cause of COVID and health and safety,' I'm good. But this group is going to change how things go in the future for everybody, at least at our school."

13 St. Louis Cardinals test positive for COVID, series vs. Tigers postponed

Some Cardinals players went to a casino 2 days ago prior to (and, presumably, resulting in) these infections.

*Legion* wrote:

13 St. Louis Cardinals test positive for COVID, series vs. Tigers postponed

Some Cardinals players went to a casino 2 days ago prior to (and, presumably, resulting in) these infections.

If they're positive on Monday, how are they possibly going to become negative by Friday?

Rona don't care bout your game schedule!

*Legion* wrote:

Some Cardinals players went to a casino 2 days ago prior to (and, presumably, resulting in) these infections.

I am shocked--nay, SHOCKED--professional athletes would consider themselves to be so immortal they didn't need to worry about petty things like pandemics.

Why are casinos open?

Greed.

DSGamer wrote:

Why are casinos open?

Can't have sports without gambling?

DSGamer wrote:

Why are casinos open?

LeapingGnome wrote:

Greed.

This America, man.