The Giants got on the board and then some in a most peculiar way during Monday afternoon’s game against the Diamondbacks. They were threatening in the bottom of the fourth with the bases loaded and one out when starter Matt Moore came to the plate.
Moore chopped a 0-1 curve into the ground down the first base line. Starter Taijuan Walker snagged the ball, then fired home from his knees, but the throw was wide of catcher Jeff Mathis. Brandon Crawford scored. While Mathis chased the ball, Joe Panik came home. Mathis threw to Walker covering the plate, but his throw was wild too. As the ball skipped towards first base, Jarret Parker came around to score just ahead of the return throw. Moore stood on second base and had a laugh about the whole thing.
The play was scored a fielder’s choice with two throwing errors by Walker and Mathis.
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Oh, Diamondbacks. Never stop Diamondbacking.
Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.
Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.
Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.
As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.