There were opt-outs, failed tests, missing delivery trucks, angry emails, cancelled workouts, terse statements, retirements, World Series ring deliveries, and two seasons worth of schedules released 72 hours apart.
“It seems like every day we’ve seen something we’ve never seen,’’ New York Mets pitcher Michael Wacha said Wednesday. “It’s definitely been a wild time.’’
It was one of the more unique weeks in Major League Baseball history, with scrimmages replacing normally scheduled regular-season games, pumped-in crowd noise replacing fans, catchers wearing masks inside of masks, and a temperature check to even be permitted into ballparks.
And, oh, by the way, the 2020 season starts in two weeks.
“At this point,’’ says Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg, “it’s kind of a mad dash.’’
It’s enough to make every manager’s head spin.
Forget about looking at the daily trainer’s report to see how everyone’s feeling.
You’ve got to examine the medical list to see who’s even available to work out, checking to see the latest positive coronavirus test results and wondering how long it will take before they can be back.