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Yu Darvish hits three guys with one pitch

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I’m a total sucker for the Marvel movies. My favorite character in them is probably Captain America. I never much cared for Cap comics, but Chris Evans’ portrayal of him has been outstanding and the writers have nailed a great multi-movie storyline for a character that, in the wrong hands, might’ve been absolutely terrible.

Not gonna lie, though: the action carries these things. That’s especially so for Captain America, who has some of the best fight scenes in any of the MCU movies. The elevator fight in “Winter Soldier” was amazing. When he just picked up his dang motorcycle and threw it at the bad guys in the opening sequence of “Age of Ultron” was fantastic. Great stuff, man.

His shield work, though, is his obvious calling card. The way the throws it around, ricocheting off of the bad guys and/or destroying planes and vehicles and whatever else needs to be destroyed. How cool would it be to be able to do that in real life?

Hahaha, I know you couldn’t, though. That stuff is all just CGI. You could never get a real object to do that. It just defies the laws of physics.

Well, most of the time:

I’d like to think that Darvish said some cool Captain America line to himself during his windup like, “before we get started, does anyone want to get out?” Except, given how poor his control and effectiveness has been in recent outings, I am sadly resigned to believing it was just an accident.

Red Sox employees “livid” over team pay cut plan

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Even Drellich of The Athletic reports that the Boston Red Sox are cutting the pay of team employees. Those cuts, which began to be communicated last night, apply to all employees making $50,000 or more. They are tiered cuts, with people making $50-99,000 seeing salary cut by 20%, those making $100k-$499,000 seeing $25% cuts and those making $500,000 or more getting 30% cuts.

Drellich reported that a Red Sox employee told him that “people are livid” over the fact that those making $100K are being treated the same way as those making $500K. And, yes, that does seem to be a pretty wide spread for similar pay cuts. One would think that a team with as many analytically-oriented people on staff could perhaps break things down a bit more granularly.

Notable in all of this that the same folks who own the Red Sox — Fenway Sports Group — own Liverpool FC of the English Premier League, and that just last month Liverpool’s pay cut/employee furlough policies proved so unpopular that they led to a backlash and a subsequent reversal by the club. That came after intense criticism from Liverpool fan groups and local politicians. Sox owner John Henry must be confident that no such backlash will happen in Boston.

As we noted yesterday, The Kansas City Royals, who are not as financially successful as the Boston Red Sox, have not furloughed employees or cut pay as a result of baseball’s shutdown in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Perhaps someone in Boston could call the Royals and ask them how they managed that.