Marlins x Kellerman unbelievable Orioles-Marlins, Yankees-Phillies postponed because of C0-19 | First Take
After their weekend series there now baltimore general manager michael ice, confirmed that the game in miami was postponed and, according to our marley rivera in reports, the yankees phillies game, scheduled for monday night in philadelphia, has also been postponed. All right, gentlemen, we’re working on getting eduardo perez here with his perspective, bomani i’ll start with you on this one. How bad is this for baseball we’re talking about the home openers? It shouldn’t be that bad, but it is, and the reason i say it shouldn’t be that bad is there should have been a plan in place for if this happens, because it was so obviously foreseeable that something like this could happen. The idea that this is just in the hands of the commissioner we’re gon na see what happens. That’S, the part that’s mind blowing and bananas to me, but like it’s, the home opener, but it’s not like people are going to be there right, like we’re, not ruining something with great levels of pageantry or anything else, that’s, not the issue. The issue is, if they don’t have a plan for handling something like this: how are they going to do it? The next time they have a team that winds up in a similar situation, because that seems to be so likely that they could get there. So after all this time and knowing what the stakes were, the most basic thing you had to ask yourself is: what do we do if we get an outbreak and apparently major league baseball’s thought on that, was mm, hmm and that’s? What worries me? Hey molly, you know what’s interesting today that bomani that that, if, if the philly’s locker room was magic city, bomani would be like.
First of all, you have to understand the locker room. The shower is over on the right. So if, as long as the yankees stay, i mean like you got the blueprints, you tell me, 14 people had it at magic city. I would say the exact same thing. Thank you. Yes, real quick. We got ta, let it go. Yeah yeah go ahead. Go ahead! Go ahead. Well, i just wanted to get eduardo perez here, because he’s got a busy day ahead and i want to get his perspective also as a former player eduardo. Thank you for being with us on short notice. I asked the guys before you joined us how bad it is for baseball. I want to get your thoughts on that and also as a former player. How would you feel continuing on with the season? Well, um i’ll tell you this i’d be very nervous as a baseball player and again um by the way: it’s 11 players and two coaches that has been confirmed that i’ve tested positive. It doesn’t matter if it’s, one extra one less it’s, still um a third of the team and that’s scary, it’s scary, because i imagine they’re gon na look at the at uh the the flights and and see where the players were sitting and most likely, that’s uh. Where they were probably uh, giving it and contaminating it to each other, if i’m a player and i’m a new york yankee, i want to make sure that that clubhouse is completely um cleaned out and not only done once or twice and then i’d also bring.
In my wife’s and i’d do it again a third time i wouldn’t even actually go into the clubhouse. I take my bag with me to the hotel and from the hotel straight to the stands and i play outside without even having to go in i’d. Get a couple philly cheesesteaks and i make sure that i’m healthy that’s what i would do personally, this is serious. This is serious for a lot of players and this is going to hold a lot of repercussions, moving forward to see who plays and who does not. Who opts out and who doesn’t, because at the reality, we’re seeing eduardo rodriguez with the boston red sox right now having some complications with this heart and most likely it’s due to the covid, we don’t know we’re dealing with the unknown here. We’Ve known this, the entire time everything that’s happened so far within the field. The protocol in the stadium has been good, except the celebrations where i see a lot of celebrations where players have been too close to each other i’m wondering where the social distancing is there. But everything outside the field is what i’m concerned with what are the players doing? Where are they going? Are they staying inside? Are they not? I know right now for a fact there are some. There are several teams that are on the road where the organizations have told them. You guys, are staying inside your rooms until we have to leave to the stadium you’re, not going anywhere they’re trying to make sure that the protocol is now taken to another level.
Um molly, can i i’d like to say something about about the season so far. It was so good, go ahead and have baseball back i’m, a big yankees fan and just watching over the weekend in the first three games, it’s, so good to have baseball back and as a fan, i’m upset right now, one of the few times at the players. At the players union, as opposed to the owners and the commissioner, usually when there’s a conflict, a labor conflict or issues i’m it’s, almost inevitably i’m with the players, because usually they’re in the right. But in this case, like the short sightedness to think they’re. Going to finish this season without a bubble it takes sacrifice if you want to get back to as normal as possible, if you even want to get 60 games in the odds that you can finish 60 games with that many people in close proximity to each other. Without a bubble or several bubbles are virtually none virtually zero, and – and here we are this early already – and what really stinks about this? Is it wasn’t it like? Maybe maybe, inevitably it would fail anyway, but it’s not impossible. It seems to me to make your best effort. At least i did. I think the players union in this case got in the way of a best effort attempt to to try to get this season played. I know we’re very early. I know it’s just the cancellation of a couple games right now, but it looks bad to me well max.
I understand your argument about the idea that you have to sacrifice, but one thing that’s worth noting is the sacrifices that we’re talking about from the players are going into the bubble. It’S, not just them that are sacrificing, has a lot to do with the people who are around them. That, then, also have to sacrifice. I mean i imagine there’s some baseball players that would love nothing more to be in that bubble and be away from home right, but the people that are losing in this by being in the bubble – aren’t just the players so it’s hard for me to say that They were being selfish by refusing it, because i imagine for a lot of them. Refusing the bubble is also trying to be closer to loved ones being closer to children, and things like that now, of course, the loved one and the children are often those that could create the possibility of an infection. I get that part, but i don’t think it’s fair to look at the players and just say you have to sacrifice, because asking them to sacrifice is asking for a level of sacrifice from other people that are not the players. I’M, not eduardo. I’M. Gon na you know back to you, i just want to respond to to you bomani quickly. If i said selfish, i don’t think i did, but if i did that’s not exactly what i mean um and i don’t think i used the word selfish.
What i mean is that there’s needs to be a level of seriousness about what the sacrifice that it’s going to take. If you want to get paid at all, if you want to play these games at all and, of course that goes to their loved ones, their families, everything i wouldn’t want to leave my family for months on end right, but if you want to get paid, if You’Re serious about finishing at least a 60 game season, crowning a champion, then thinking you’re, going to do that without that kind of sacrifice to me is short sighted that’s, really my opponent, i bet they could have got that bubble if the owners would have paid a Little more money like there’s trades owners, didn’t make it you might not be lying there. You know what guys, at the end of the day, it’s really easy to to put blame uh to set blame if it’s on the players or, if it’s on major league baseball, whoever whomever it is, the reality is what are they going to do now and i Think that that is what that’s that’s what’s going on. You have 30 teams. They try to divide it and and put 10, maybe in a bubble in the west 10 in the central 10 in the east. But where are you going to do it and where are you going to have the facilities to be able to do this? This isn’t, a basketball court uh this isn’t a soccer field.
This is this is baseball. Where were where you have to make sure that it’s played every day, it’s, not every other day or every three or every three days you play baseball every day and i think logistically. I think this is what major league baseball was trying to do the best, as they can just like they’re trying to find, and they found a home for the toronto blue jays in buffalo. Well eduardo: what do you think rob manfred’s responsibility? Is here? Rob manfred’s refund responsibility he’s just trying to make sure that he is the liaison if it’s between the owners and and the players association right now, he’s going to have to set up, probably look and see what the situation is. It’S easy to point the fingers and say: oh it’s in miami listen guys. I live in miami okay and we at least in my area. I look around everybody. Has their masks on. Everybody is following the protocol of what the mayor wants us to do here. That’S one thing i can say at least where i live has have the numbers gone up: they have in the state of florida, that’s, not a lie. The dade county it’s gone up, we’re trying to do our best here. At least we are here responsibly. That being said, the marlins went to atlanta first and before they left miami they all they tested negative. Then i’ll follow test positive before opening day. Then you get three more testing positive um after in the in the third game of the series and then all of a sudden.
Now you get 11 more players, two coaches added to it. We don’t know if the players ended up, getting it if it’s in atlanta. If they brought it from miami, if they got in atlanta, if they got it on the plane on the way to philadelphia or in philadelphia, all we know is that reality is set in. The yankees have postponed their game against the phillies this evening and um and we’re going to have to take a check and look back, and the commissioner is going to have to do the same thing and realize that this is our new normal. How can we make sure that the players, once they have those walk offs and the winds they don’t celebrate the way that we saw in tampa bay yesterday or that we’ve seen if it’s in oakland on their walk off? We have to make sure that the players stay even keeled throughout the entire season and maintain social distancing eduardo to to bomani’s point um.