Willson Contreras: ‘Everything that comes to my mind is Venezuela’


NBC Sports Chicago has an exclusive interview with Cubs catcher Willson Contreras. The topic: his home country of Venezuela, which is racked with turmoil, hunger, violence and could very well be on the brink of civil war as people have taken to the streets this week in an effort to force president Nicolás Maduro out of power.

As the interview reveals Contreras, like all players from Venezuela, is having an understandably difficult time focusing on the field as family and friends face peril and deprivation back home.

“When I’m at the ballpark I’m happy, I enjoy my teammates and every second here . . . But once you leave, everything that comes to my mind is Venezuela. How are the people doing there and when is going to be the end?”

We care most about what happens on the field, but every player is dealing with stuff off the field. Some stuff is far heavier than others.



MLB sells share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for $900M

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NEW YORK – Major League Baseball has sold its remaining share of a streaming service technology company to the Walt Disney Co. for $900 million.

The sale was disclosed Tuesday in Walt Disney Co.’s annual filing report through the SEC. MLB received the $900 million in exchange for the 15% stake it still had in a company called BAMTech, which originally started as MLB Advanced Media in 2000.

The technology helped MLB become a leader in sports streaming in the 2000s.

Walt Disney Co. has been buying chunks of BAMTech for the past five years and now owns 100% of the company. The National Hockey League sold its 10% share of BAMTech to Walt Disney Co. for a reported $350 million in 2021.