Sunday’s series finale between the Marlins and Padres in San Diego went into a bee delay in the bottom of the third inning. Bees began to swarm behind home plate and around the Padres’ dugout on the first base side, as the FOX Sports San Diego broadcast showed:
The Padres called a pest control company to handle the situation. Austin Hedges is not employed by a pest control company but he was ready all the same:
The Marlins scored twice in the second inning on a Jorge Alfaro two-run home run and once in the top of the third on a Garrett Cooper homer to take a 3-0 lead over the Padres behind starter Trevor Richards, opposite Matt Strahm. Despite the lead, I don’t think they’re in any rush to resume play until every last bee is relocated.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.