A fun — fun? I dunno — moment in last night’s Phillies-Mets game. Joe West was working home plate in the top of the eighth inning when Jeff McNeill smacked one to first base with the infield in. Rhys Hoskins fielded it and threw home as Mets outfielder Rajai Davis attempted to score from third.
The throw was on target, Davis slid and he was . . . safe? out?
Well, we had to wait a minute to know for sure because Davis took out West’s legs on the slide and West had a bit of an issue getting up off of him. Eventually, however, he got an assist from Phillies pitcher Hector Neris and made the call:
To Davis — who, yes, was out — it must’ve felt like an eternity:
🎵Does any man know where the love of God goes when the West turns the minutes to hours . . . 🎵
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.
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 have not withdrawn their generosity.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.