Two bombs went off in New York and New Jersey over the weekend. Scary, but thankfully no one was killed and, thankfully, law enforcement found and captured the suspect in short order.
Coolheaded thinking by the public — no one freaked out and several aided in the identification of other bombs and the capture of the suspect — and good work by law enforcement turned what, regrettably, is a reoccurring risk in 21st century America into a short story indeed. What has become a new normal for the United States in the past 15 years, and what the rest of the world has dealt with longer, is now something that can be dealt with sanely.
Which makes me wonder what will happen if Curt Schilling gets his way and somehow manages to get elected to political office. Because his reactions to the bombing over the weekend was the stuff of undiluted hysteria. Listen to the man with the plan:
When the Yankees were up 3-1 on the Red Sox in the 2004 ALCS Schilling’s first instinct was probably to slip the entire Yankees team mickeys and put icy hot in their jocks.
Anyway, Vote Schilling. You need him on that wall. Which he called a “Berlin Wall,” and which he would build immediately to stop bombings in New York somehow.
On Friday evening, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced the first set of results for COVID-19 testing as part of the mandatory intake screening process under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan. Per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics are not part of this data because their testing has not yet been completed.
There were 38 positive tests, accounting for 1.2% of the 3,185 samples collected and tested. 31 of the 38 individuals who tested positive are players. 19 different teams had one or more individuals test positive.
Sports Illustrated’s Emma Baccellieri notes that the positive test rate in the U.S. nationally is 8.3 percent. The NBA’s positive test rate was 7.1 percent. MLB’s positive test rate is well below average. This doesn’t necessarily mean that anything is wrong with MLB’s testing or that it’s an atypical round of testing. Rather, MLB’s testing population may more closely represent the U.S. population as a whole. Currently, because testing is still somewhat limited, those who have taken tests have tended to be those exhibiting symptoms or those who have been around others who have tested positive. If every single person in the U.S. took a test, the positive test rate would likely come in at a much lower number.
Several players who tested positive have given their consent for their identities to be made known. Those are: Delino DeShields (link), Brett Martin (link), Edward Colina, Nick Gordon, and Willians Astudillo (link). Additionally, Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodríguez has not shown up to Red Sox camp yet because he has been around someone who tested positive, per The Athletic’s Jen McCaffrey.