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‘I got crushed’: Chicago Cubs pitching coach Tommy Hottovy details harrowing COVID-19 battle

“It is important to understand that I’m 38 years old,” says Hottovy, who pitched in the major leagues with Boston and Kansas City in 2011 and 2012. “I’ve been poked, prodded, tested for the last 16 years in Major League Baseball. I’ve had no underlying issues, nothing that would red flag me as somebody that would get hit pretty hard with this virus….

He said that “days eight through 14” he suffered significant respiratory issues and contracted what doctors called “COVID pneumonia.”

Additionally, he said, he felt depressed and guilty for exposing his family to the virus, though his wife and children tested negative.

Hottovy pondered opting out of the season but says he will report with the club, even if he’s far from prime physical conditoin.

“The lung capacity, the shortness of breath, the cardiovascular, I’m nowhere near (normal),” he said.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: July 01, 2020 at 03:39 PM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 01, 2020 at 04:09 PM (#5960602)
See? Nothing to worry about.
   2. Sunday silence: Play Guess How long season lasts Posted: July 01, 2020 at 04:20 PM (#5960606)
only old people will die.
   3. frannyzoo Posted: July 01, 2020 at 04:56 PM (#5960619)
And if you're not dead, only experiencing hospitalization, and lingering "shortness of breath, the cardiovascular, I'm nowhere near (normal)" for a few months, this has all been a hoax. Oh, with the caveat that non-old people with underlying conditions might be dead, too. You know, omelettes/eggs.
   4. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 01, 2020 at 06:51 PM (#5960639)
#JustTheFlu
   5. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: July 01, 2020 at 08:30 PM (#5960646)
hoax. fake news.

   6. Mayor Blomberg Posted: July 02, 2020 at 02:55 AM (#5960665)
He got through that interview better than this one
   7. Rough Carrigan Posted: July 02, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5960669)
What a shock to see these posts.
Only people indulging in hyperbole say that no one under 50 ever has trouble with it.
Despite Hottovy's unfortunate case, the statistics are still that very very few people under 50 have any particular trouble with it.
Only people indulging in hyperbole should say that Hottovy is representative of a significant number of people under 50.

And, not commented on, is the interesting fact that he never passed it to his wife and children. Isn't that sort of incongruous with the idea of how contagious the virus is supposed to be?
   8. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: July 02, 2020 at 09:28 AM (#5960675)
He may have only two seasons in the majors,but I would guess Tommy Hottovy has a pretty big house where he can find a place to isolate from his wife and children if needed, unlike most infected people.
   9. The Yankee Clapper Posted: July 02, 2020 at 10:08 AM (#5960677)
As far as starting the season, no one ever said there was no risk, just that it seems possible that extensive mitigation measures could sufficiently reduce the risk to make the effort worthwhile. We don’t have details on how those involved in professional sports who became infected acquired the virus, but many appear to have done so on their own, away from any organized team activities. That may not be a good predictor of whether the currently virus-free players can stay that way under MLB’s virus protocol. Ultimately, the players will have to make some sacrifices for the program to be successful, but they may be better off with their employer undertaking extensive efforts to keep them healthy than they would be on their own.
   10. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: July 02, 2020 at 10:13 AM (#5960679)
He may have only two seasons in the majors,but I would guess Tommy Hottovy has a pretty big house where he can find a place to isolate from his wife and children if needed, unlike most infected people.


Why would you guess that? 13 IP over 2 seasons, I doubt he made more that $200,000 in his MLB career. 4th round pick, so he might have gotten a decent bonus, but that had to support him through 7 years in the minors.
   11. baravelli Posted: July 02, 2020 at 10:21 AM (#5960680)
While quarantined, Hottovy was sequestered to a spare bedroom and a bathroom. If he wanted to step outside, his family would clear the house and he’d hurry out and back in, taking care not to touch anything.

Because he wasn’t allowed in the kitchen, Andrea would bring him food and water. To cut down on her trips, Hottovy had a cooler set up in the spare room so he could keep himself hydrated.


https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/cubs/how-cubs-tommy-hottovy-kept-his-family-safe-while-battling-covid-19
   12. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: July 02, 2020 at 10:52 AM (#5960690)
As far as starting the season, no one ever said there was no risk, just that it seems possible that extensive mitigation measures could sufficiently reduce the risk to make the effort worthwhile.


Stop being rational, you! There's only two options here:

1) Open everythin' now! 'MERICA!

2) We're all gonna die!

Either way, it's Trump's fault.
   13. Random Transaction Generator Posted: July 02, 2020 at 11:15 AM (#5960695)
Stop being rational, you! There's only two options here:

1) Open everythin' now! 'MERICA!

2) We're all gonna die!


Those are not mutually exclusive, and actually are pretty much tied together at this point in the US.

Either way, it's Trump's fault.


Well, when the leader of your country's response to this pandemic is to say it will "just disappear", a large portion of the blame has to fall on him.

No, I'm not quoting him from back in March. He said that this week.
   14. Swoboda is freedom Posted: July 03, 2020 at 01:11 PM (#5960874)
I have had 4 friends who had it. All in their 40s/50s. 3 of them described it as a bad flu, and really wiped them out in second week. One of them had really mild symptoms. For one of them, the whole family got it. The 22 year old son had it the worst, and had a seizure. They are all fine now, except for the one who had the seizure, as he injured his shoulder when he fell.

I have had 3 friends who had a parent die though.
   15. Lassus Posted: July 03, 2020 at 02:17 PM (#5960882)
There's only two options here:
1) Open everythin' now! 'MERICA!
2) We're all gonna die!
Either way, it's Trump's fault.


Compelling, Donald, as expected.
   16. Jack Sommers Posted: July 03, 2020 at 03:44 PM (#5960889)
We've been trying to contingency plan what we'll do and how we'll handle it if one of our household gets sick with the Virus. I live with my wife and 24 yr old son. It's daunting to try to think it through. It was interesting to read about measures that Hottovy family took.

Our situation is enormously complicated by the fact that my 85 yr old mother is in a Group Assisted Living Home, (10 residents)

The owner of the facility and I are friends, and he was frank with me. They operate 7 homes, of 8-10 residents each, They do a great job, and in fact just had testing done thoughout all of their facilities and not one positive case amazingly,

BUT....he told me of situations he knows of where other homes have had positive cases, and the caregivers just up and quit and wouldn't come to work out of fear. The hospital wouldn't take the resident, nor would skilled nursing facility. (Dementia Patient) . He said he doesn't know what he's going to do if they have a breakout. He has put out offers to keep caregivers on retainer in the event he has a breakout or loses some caregivers. He'll pay them to stay home and come in to work if/when needed. NO TAKERS IN TWO MONTHS.

They are really careful. They keep the place spotless, clean and disinfect every room twice a day. Nobody is allowed inside the homes except essential Dr. Visits. Fortunately my Mom's room is in the front of the house, and I can hang outside her window and talk with her. (But in Arizona summer that kinda sucks so visits aren't long)

Anyway...if they lose workers, and I have to take my mom home to stay with me, we already decided that my wife and son will go stay with my oldest son and his wife. My oldest son and wife have been in same bubble as we have. Completely social distanced....curbside pickup only, work from home....no bars restaurants or other publics spaces. Kids not going to school or attending sports events. So we hang out with each other. But if my mom comes home, she and I will have to get tested and quarantine alone at my hose for a couple of weeks even if negative.....

As for how we'd handle it at home if just 3 of us, we bought a small extra fridge a while bac and would move that into the master bedroom with it's own bathroom that would become the "Covid Room". Nobody would need to go in. Hot meals dropped on tray on floor at door. Hopefully whoever is inside able to care for themselves but if can't would have to try to get a hospital bed.....which is getting tougher and tougher in Arizona as they've enacted Triage levels of care here.

What a mess.

   17. puck Posted: July 03, 2020 at 04:02 PM (#5960892)
3 of them described it as a bad flu, and really wiped them out in second week.


To me, a bad flu is something where I can't work for 3 days, even if I wanted to (office work) form home. Just too fatigued or feverish even to do office work. It seems like with Covid19 if you get the fever symptoms (headaches, fever, chills, fatigue etc.) you're often out 2-3 weeks with fatigue is not uncommon.
   18. base ball chick Posted: July 03, 2020 at 04:54 PM (#5960898)
Rough Carrigan Posted: July 02, 2020 at 08:53 AM (#5960669)

What a shock to see these posts.
Only people indulging in hyperbole say that no one under 50 ever has trouble with it.

Despite Hottovy's unfortunate case, the statistics are still that very very few people under 50 have any particular trouble with it.
Only people indulging in hyperbole should say that Hottovy is representative of a significant number of people under 50.

And, not commented on, is the interesting fact that he never passed it to his wife and children. Isn't that sort of incongruous with the idea of how contagious the virus is supposed to be?


- depends how you define "particular trouble"
if you mean not in the ICU and not dead, well then, yeah. however, there are still tons of people who are NOT admitted to ICU who can barely breathe who don't hit the definition of almost dead enough so they are sent home to make it or die

- they haven't figured out the contagious part best i can tell. can't nobody i know of explain why infants and toddlers don't get this or show any symptoms. and it can't be because of all thre colds they get because some of them have never been exposed to any colds and they still don't get it. can't be the MMR vaccine because the kids of antivaxxers are anti maskers and their kids ain't gettin it neither

- they also have not, best i can tell, figured out why some people, even the really sick as heck ones who are positive for at least 2 weeks, don't transmit it and some people who don't have any symptoms transmit it to a lot of people

i know a rich White family where the teenager snuck out to party and brought it home. his parents were deathly sick and the 20 something cousin was in ICU for over a week and still has problems - and these are think healthy people too. the parents still have trouble walking and talking at the same time. these people are - or should i say - were, ahem - very pro trump. i didn't get real too clear on who else the kid gave it to - he never had symptoms except for possible a stuffy nose, but he got allergies so who knows

the hospitals here in yewstin are crammed full of 18 - 35 year olds.

just because for some odd reason the mortality rate is low in this here city does not mean it is a "bad cold"

- and btw, there are tons of families who can't do a "covid room" and there are tons of single people who got nobody to take care of them when they sick

there is definitely increased mask wearing here (it's law now) although a lot of people are refusing to cover their noses, which is what you breathe from so it is dumb
   19. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: July 03, 2020 at 06:21 PM (#5960910)
a lot of people are refusing to cover their noses, which is what you breathe from

That might be true for most people, but perhaps not for the "but mah free dums" crowd.
   20. base ball chick Posted: July 03, 2020 at 07:30 PM (#5960917)
ah guess they ARE mouth breathers all right
   21. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: July 03, 2020 at 08:56 PM (#5960927)
he never had symptoms except for possible a stuffy nose
But he at least got grounded until he’s about 35, I hope.

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