Ken Giles is an expressive dude even when he’s pitching well. If you’ve seen him close out Astros games you’ve seem him yell and scream like the “get him a body bag!!” guy in “The Karate Kid.” Stuff like this.
He’s expressive in failure too. Last night he came into a 0-0 game in the ninth inning after Justin Verlander struck out 14 Yankees batters in eight shutout innings. Things didn’t go well for Giles, however, as he gave up a single to Aaron Judge and a double to Didi Gregorius before allowing Gary Sanchez to launch a 423-foot homer to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.
One batter later Aaron Hicks singled and Giles was taken out of the game. As he walked back to the dugout, this was the scene which unfolded:
As David Cone said after the game last night, everyone was hitting Ken Giles last night. Even Ken Giles.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.