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Mike Trout chips a golf ball into a red Solo cup in his foyer

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The other day we noted that Mike Trout had joined TikTok. Earlier this month we shared a video in which Trout destroyed a golf ball at a driving range. Now he’s combining video and golf to share trick shots.

Or at least one trick shot. This a nice pitch from his second story landing into a red Solo cup on the floor below. The Solo cup is a particularly New Jersey element to this, and my hat is tipped to him for keeping it real despite his fame.

Anyway, because he’s Mike Trout and Mike Trout can do anything, I’m gonna assume that the video he shared was his first attempt:

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.