Alex Bregman broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first inning with a solo homer, ripping a Stephen Strasburg fastball into the seats in left field. Bregman was so caught up in his achievement that he carried the bat all the way to first base. He tried to hand it off to first base coach Don Kelly, but they muffed the transfer. Bregman had a laugh about it as he rounded the bases.
At least two former players aren’t happy about Bregman’s antics. Mike Napoli called him a “douche” on Twitter. Mike Morse was a little more diplomatic, suggesting Bregman was “asking to get someone hurt on your team… next year.”
Perhaps Bregman was channeling his inner Pedro Cerrano. Maybe it’s Game 6 of the World Series and his mind is running a thousand miles a minute. Ultimately, who cares? Besides, from what we know about Bregman, Napoli’s description doesn’t seem accurate. Bregman is an advocate of autism awareness charities and has gone out of his way to leave generous tips to underpaid fast food and restaurant service workers.
Update: Juan Soto broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a solo homer of his own. He mimicked Bregman, carrying his bat all the way to first base and dropping it in front of first base coach Tim Bogar. Game 6 is spicy.
Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.
In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.
Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.
Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.