Late in the Rockies-Diamondbacks game last night a lot of people on Twitter wondered what in the heck Torey Lovullo was doing. The Dbacks had the lead, yes, but given how that game was going, no lead felt safe. Insurance runs seemed super important. Yet, in the bottom of the seventh inning, with runners on base, Lovullo allowed the light-hitting Jeff Mathis hit for himself and then let relief pitcher Archie Bradley hit for himself.
Folks following the game on Twitter didn’t much care for these choices. Mathis, for his part, struck out. Then, as Bradley came to the plate, Diamondbacks fans felt that the best course of action was to bargain with God or the fates or whoever it is they felt would listen. They made desperate offers, in fact:
As we all know by now, Bradley did in fact plate a run. Two, in fact, via his improbable triple off of Pat Neshek. A few hours later, after he dried the champagne off, Bradley took to Twitter to hold this dude to his promise:
They guy seems to be backing down, unfortunately:
Sad. Kids today simply don’t honor their commitments. Too busy, uh, eating avocados or whatever it is kids are allegedly doing to ruin society. I lose track of these things.
No word if anyone promised to tattoo Jeff Mathis’ face on their back if he laid down a run-scoring bunt off of Greg Holland, but given how last night went, nothing would surprise me.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.