Generally boycotts don’t do anything unless they’re highly publicized. Jose Bautista’s boycott of SportsNet, which was first widely reported yesterday, ended as soon as the publicity started.
The Toronto Star reports that Bautista, who had been boycotting SportsNet because they would not pay for a suit rookie Devon Travis purchased for a SportsNet makeover segment, ended it yesterday and said “we’re moving on.” No one is saying how the matter was resolved, but Bautista apparently spoke with Sportsnet’s Barry Davis in an interview before the game. “No comments” all around.
Did SportsNet cave or did Bautista not want an instance in which he was sticking up for a young teammate to turn into a distraction while the Jays are surging toward the playoffs?
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland A’s and the Seattle Mariners will begin the 2019 regular season in Japan, in the Tokyo Dome.
The series will mark the third time that the A’s will begin their season in Japan, first doing it in 2008 against the Red Sox and then again in 2012 against the Mariners.
This is just the latest of Major League Baseball’s moves to expand the the game internationally. In addition to those previous series in Japan, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks opened their season in Australia in 2014 and the Dodgers and Padres will play a series in Mexico City this May. There has likewise been talk of the Mets playing a series in London, though those details have not yet been worked out. Obviously the World Baseball Classic represents the league’s effort to broaden the global scope of the once national pastime.
Get ready for early morning baseball, folks.