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Brock Holt dumps on Taco Bell’s World Series promotion

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This year, as it has done for the last several years, Taco Bell ran a promotion in which, if a player steals a base in the World Series, everyone in the country gets a free taco. Last night Mookie Betts stole a base in the first inning getting things out of the way pretty early. If you want your free taco, make a run for the border on November 1 between 2PM and 6PM.

I think that’s pretty cool, as free tacos are about the greatest thing there is. Not everyone agrees, however. Including one of the players in the World Series, Brock Holt of the Red Sox. His lack of Taco Bell fandom was revealed when he was asked about Betts’ stolen base last night by Masslive.com:

“I haven’t eaten Taco Bell in probably 10 years, so yeah, I’ll probably stay away from the free taco. I’ll let everyone else get it.”

He said it’d be different if it was Chipotle, though, which he and his family are really into:

“I would have to take my son there, because he loves Chipotle. He crushes it. So he’s 2-years-old and he eats a whole Chipotle bowl by himself. So I would have to give him my free Chipotle.”

But no Taco Bell, Brock?

“But yeah, Taco Bell, I’m going to stay away from Taco Bell. You’ll end up on the toilet all night.”

If that’s his experience, OK, but I’m personally slack-jawed imagining what a diaper looks like after a toddler houses a whole Chipotle bowl. The mind reels.

Anyway, I expect the Red Sox clubhouse will get a nice little memo this afternoon imploring the players not to speak ill of the sponsoring brands.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.