I’m feeling one of those inevitable days where things just aren’t feeling good. Such is the nature of this situation, and I’m sorry for anyone else who isn’t having a great one. I’ll redirect it outward in a positive way: I hope your day is already going well today, whatever that can look like right now. And if it isn’t, may it turn around.
- A fantastic, sobering read from Patrick Mooney about the impact of the coronavirus outbreak and attendant shutdown in Wrigleyville. The impact of no Cubs and no Wrigley extends far beyond the team, its owners, and its players.
Wrigleyville, baseball's biggest party, is shut down and bracing for another long rebuild. Story with @jon_greenberg on the people and places that make the neighborhood so unique: https://t.co/9g0opjaU0S
— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) April 15, 2020
- I hope that however the area changes in the coming weeks and months and years, the independent businesses of Wrigleyville can survive and thrive as part of that ecosystem. The Cubs-owned stuff is great, but the mix of the neighborhood is what makes it so special.
— Barry Butler (@barrybutler9) April 14, 2020
- Fanatics is partnering with a number of stars to raise funds to feed those in need. Anthony Rizzo, of course, is participating and you can bid on his game day experience here:
— Fanatics Authentic (@FansAuthentic) April 15, 2020
- Check out the enormous slate of people and items and experiences here.
- This is a fun diversion read:
— Cubs Talk (@NBCSCubs) April 14, 2020
- How about this one? Jamie Moyer, who pitched in the big leagues as recently as 8 years ago, threw three consecutive no-hitters when he was in high school … 40 years ago.
- That sent me down a Moyer rabbit hole. The former Cub (draftee and then briefly in the mid-80s) didn’t have his best big league season until 1998 with the Mariners, when he was already 35 years old. At that point, he’d thrown FEWER THAN HALF of his eventual big league innings. I mean, the guy literally threw 38.1% of his big league innings after his 40th birthday. And it’s not like he didn’t have a lot of big league innings in his career! (4074.0)
- Poked around Amazon for interesting things to spotlight, and landed on a page of gift ideas about cooking and entertaining for men. #ad
- More on the impact of the changes to the draft this year:
The first pick of the sixth round of the MLB draft is usually worth $318,200. This year, in a potential five-round format, that player would be forced to sign for $20,000 and no more.
That's just one way the shortened draft will impact baseball.
— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) April 15, 2020
- I wonder how many weeks I’d have to practice to do this:
(via max_hilty on IG) pic.twitter.com/sLkNB5gMX9
— Baseball is Fun (@flippingbats) April 14, 2020
- New documentary series coming to Disney+ (which you can sign up for here):
— The Mandalorian (@themandalorian) April 15, 2020