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The Astros will be the fourth World Series team to appear on Saturday Night Live


From Nomar Garciaparra and Billy Martin to George Steinbrenner and Bob Uecker, Saturday Night Live is no stranger to MLB personalities. They’ve parodied some of baseball’s biggest stars (think the eclectic “Baseball Dreams” sketch or Kenan Thompson’s David Ortiz impression) and played host to several World Series contenders, going as far back as the 1998 Yankees’ upstaging of Ben Stiller’s opening monologue. On Saturday, they’ll add World Series MVP George Springer, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman to that list.

By my count, only three World Series contenders have been featured in SNL sketches to date: the 1998 Yankees, 2001 Yankees and, most recently, the 2016 Cubs. Back in 1998, when the Yankees were fresh off of their 24th championship run against the Padres, Tino Martinez, Chili Davis, Graeme Lloyd, David Cone and David Wells crashed the show opener behind Ben Stiller. Stiller soaked up the raucous applause from the audience before eventually feigning surprise when he “discovered” the players standing behind him.

The Yankees were given a bigger platform in 2001, even though they had just lost a seven-game World Series run to the Diamondbacks. Derek Jeter hosted the episode, hitting baseballs into the audience during the monologue, bantering with a Red Sox fan on Weekend Update and starring in two sketches, including an unforgettable advertisement for “Derek Jeter’s Taco Hole” and a fistfight with Yankees’ fans during “Yankee Wives.”

The Cubs took things in a different direction after snapping their World Series drought in 2016. While they didn’t get away with anything as unexpectedly weird as Jeter’s Taco Hole, Anthony Rizzo, Dexter Fowler and David Ross spiced up a bachelorette party gone wrong and later returned to form a barbershop quartet with self-proclaimed Cubs’ super-fan Bill Murray.

There’s no word yet on what the Astros have planned — and, judging by the surprise strip show the Cubs put on last year, it might have very little to do with their championship title at all. Still, if SNL manages to refrain from poking fun at Jose Altuve’s height (never a given), it should be entertaining.

Saturday Night Live is scheduled to kick off on November 4 at 11:30 PM ET.

Cubs-Cardinals series postponed after more positive tests

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ST. LOUIS — The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

Major League Baseball announced that the whole weekend set was off. Hours earlier, MLB said Friday night’s game had been scrapped to ensure everyone affected on the Cardinals was identified.

There have been 24 games postponed in the majors this season because of coronavirus concerns.

St. Louis has missed 10 games while Miami and Philadelphia each have had seven postponements. In order to complete the 60-game schedule in this shortened season, the Cardinals will have to play 55 games in 49 games once they return to the field.

The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight St. Louis players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

The Cardinals spent five days in quarantine in a Milwaukee hotel before finally being cleared to travel back to St. Louis late Tuesday, when they returned negative tests for the second straight day. They got workouts in at home and had been prepared to return to the field Friday.

St. Louis’ next game is scheduled for Monday at home against Pittsburgh. The Cubs are set to play Tuesday at Cleveland.

MLB released its most recent testing numbers Friday. The league said there were 13,043 samples taken last week with 13 positive results for a 0.1% positive rate. During the monitoring phase, there have been 53,826 overall samples that have returned 71 positives for a 0.1% positive rate. Of those 71 positive results, 49 are players and 22 are staff.

Among the players who confirmed they tested positive for COVID-19 were a pair of All-Stars in Molina and Paul DeJong.

Before Friday’s postponement, the Cardinals had already added three doubleheaders against the Brewers to a previously scheduled series to make up their three games postponed last weekend. Milwaukee will host doubleheaders Sept. 18 and 20 and will serve as the home team in the opener of a twinbill in St. Louis on Sept. 25.

The Cardinals will make up this week’s series against the Detroit Tigers with doubleheaders Aug. 13 and Sept. 10. St. Louis had been scheduled to play the Chicago White Sox at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on Aug. 13. Those teams will play in Chicago on Aug. 14 instead.