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Wednesday, April 08, 2020

MLB Players Reckon With New Way of Life: Stay-At-Home Dad

A strict quarantine is a good way to learn about your partner, and what Sara Hudson has learned is that her husband, Daniel, the Nationals’ closer, does not know how to use a Lysol wipe.

“You have to do it for a good 20 seconds for it to work!” Sara says. Daniel tends to give the contents of a grocery bag one pass and then put them away. In Sara’s view, he might as well just walk the food through a hospital’s isolation ward before serving it to their three daughters. She laughs and says, “I’m just like, ‘I’ll do it.’ ”

As the coronavirus pandemic has spread across the globe, and the MLB season has been suspended, players are home, waiting out this uneasy period like the rest of us. Unlike the record 6.6 million Americans who filed for unemployment during the week ending March 28, many of these players enjoy a financial cushion. They do not draw paychecks until the season begins, but the average major leaguer made $4.36 million last year, according to the Associated Press. Still, they are frightened and unsettled. They are struggling to establish some sense of normalcy during the least normal stage of their lives. Some of them are also driving their wives crazy.

It’s a small aggravation, nothing compared with the real devastation that the virus has caused. Ali Mahtook tries to find the humor in it. Her husband, Mikie, is a Phillies outfielder. He can’t go to work, but she still does, as a liquor representative for bars and restaurants in Baton Rouge. As many of those businesses have closed, her company has redeployed resources toward retail—meaning that while everyone around her is socially distancing, Ali is at local supermarkets and convenience stores, stocking shelves. When she gets home, she has emails to answer and data to enter.

A story that may be of interest to many of you here, if I’ve been understanding the goings-on in other threads correctly.

QLE Posted: April 08, 2020 at 12:58 AM | 4 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 08, 2020 at 02:07 PM (#5937616)
A different, non-MLB quarantine perspective.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: April 08, 2020 at 02:21 PM (#5937621)
“You have to do it for a good 20 seconds for it to work!” Sara says. Daniel tends to give the contents of a grocery bag one pass and then put them away. In Sara’s view, he might as well just walk the food through a hospital’s isolation ward before serving it to their three daughters.

A few days ago, Sara Hudson felt Daniel’s mood dipping. There are plenty of people in Phoenix who would be happy to play catch with a reigning World Series champion, but he’s afraid to share a ball. So he stands alone in a grassy area near their house, hurling baseballs through the air. Then he walks to where they have landed and throws them back.
I asked this on the other thread, and the response was uncertainty, but are these types of measures really necessary? So difficult to separate the science from the fear, but as far as I know there aren't any known cases of this type of transmission...?
   3. PreservedFish Posted: April 08, 2020 at 02:22 PM (#5937622)
Why not throw them high in the air and catch them himself? Much more fun than walking to where the ball has landed.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: April 08, 2020 at 02:42 PM (#5937636)
I asked this on the other thread, and the response was uncertainty, but are these types of measures really necessary? So difficult to separate the science from the fear, but as far as I know there aren't any known cases of this type of transmission...?
If you use hand sanitizer before & after, wipe down the ball, and maintain social distancing, the risk would seem minimal, unless you were playing catch with someone known to have the virus or been exposed (or throwing spitballs). The question is how far do you go to avoid even low risk activities? Lots of different views on that, apparently.

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