Hall of Famer Johnny Bench did a few videos for Kingsford Charcoal in which the catcher complains about what Major League Baseball’s Opening Day has become. The videos are titled “Sadness”, “Anger”, and “Disgust”.
Bench complains that some teams open the season at night, rather than during the afternoon. Or some teams open a day later than other teams. In his perfect world, all 30 teams open the season on the same afternoon.
The videos direct users to a Kingsford-sponsored petition called “Take Back Opening Day”.
Bench has had his complaining cap on a lot lately. Last month, he lamented the lack of “chin music” in baseball.
(Tip of the cap to Ted Berg of USA TODAY on finding these videos.)
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Rays are relocating their spring base for 2023 due to extensive damage to team training facilities caused by Hurricane Ian.
The Rays have trained since 2009 in Port Charlotte, Florida, about 90 minutes south of St. Petersburg, and intend to explore several options before making a decision on where to hold spring training and play Grapefruit League games when camp opens.
The team and Charlotte County released a joint statement Thursday, saying damage to Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte can’t be repaired in time to host games this winter.
“Charlotte County supports the Rays efforts to secure alternative accommodations for 2023 spring training,” the statement said.
“We are all disappointed for the residents of Charlotte County and the fans there. The community is in the thoughts and hearts of the Rays, and the team will continue to support recovery efforts,” the statement added. “The Rays and Charlotte County intend to develop a restoration plan for Charlotte Sports Park in the coming weeks.”