The Cubs wasted little time getting on the board during Saturday’s matinee against the Pirates. Kris Bryant went deep on a 2-0 pitch against Pittsburgh starter Tyler Glasnow, sending the ball a projected 451 feet to score Kyle Schwarber for an early 2-0 lead.
The ball grazed the video scoreboard in left field before falling into the stands. According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, only six home runs have managed to hit Wrigley Field’s monitor — unsurprisingly, Bryant is responsible for four of those shots.
The rest of the inning was no less impressive, as the Cubs followed Bryant’s first home run of the season by boosting the score to 4-0 and hitting for the cycle with a Kyle Schwarber leadoff double, Addison Russell triple and Jason Heyward RBI single.
On Sunday, we learned that while the Nationals would continue to pay their minor leaguers throughout the month of June, their weekly stipend would be lowered by 25 percent, from $400 to $300. In an incredible act of solidarity, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle and his teammates put out a statement, saying they would be covering the missing $100 from the stipends.
After receiving some criticism, the Nationals reversed course, agreeing to pay their minor leaguers their full $400 weekly stipend.
Doolittle and co. have not withdrawn their generosity. On Wednesday, Doolittle released another statement, saying that he and his major league teammates would continue to offer financial assistance to Nationals minor leaguers through the non-profit organization More Than Baseball.
The full statement:
Washington Nationals players were excited to learn that our minor leaguers will continue receiving their full stipends. We are grateful that efforts have been made to restore their pay during these challenging times.
We remain committed to supporting them. Nationals players are partnering with More Than Baseball to contribute funds that will offer further assistance and financial support to any minor leaguers who were in the Nationals organization as of March 1.
We’ll continue to stand with them as we look forward to resuming our 2020 MLB season.
Kudos to Doolittle and the other Nationals continuing to offer a helping hand in a trying time. The players shouldn’t have to subsidize their employers’ labor expenses, but that is the world we live in today.