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Chef José Andrés, Washington Nationals to use Nats park as a community kitchen

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Eater Washington D.C. reports that chef José Andrés, who operates a non-profit called World Central Kitchen, which is devoted to providing meals in the wake of natural disasters, is teaming up with the Washington Nationals’ charitable foundation to use Nats Park’s kitchen facilities to cook and distribute thousands of free meals during the pandemic.

“We are stewards of this public building — it’s not used to play baseball now, so how can we use it in the best way possible?” says Jonathan Stahl, vice president of experience and hospitality for the Nationals.

By the end of the week it’s expected that the Nats Park operation will make 5,000 meals a day. Eventually, the operation is expected to ramp up to tens of thousands of meals each day. The meals will be distributed via Uber Eats to public housing in neighborhoods near the ballpark, in various other underserved neighborhoods in the city and to the city’s homeless population.

While any use of a ballpark now is a good use, this is probably their best use.

(thanks to Megan K. for the heads up)


Ex-Angels employee charged in overdose death of Tyler Skaggs

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FORT WORTH, Texas — A former Angels employee has been charged with conspiracy to distribute fentanyl in connection with last year’s overdose death of Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, prosecutors in Texas announced Friday.

Eric Prescott Kay was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas, and made his first appearance Friday in federal court, according to Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Kay was communications director for the Angels.

Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room in the Dallas area July 1, 2019, before the start of what was supposed to be a four-game series against the Texas Rangers. The first game was postponed before the teams played the final three games.

Skaggs died after choking on his vomit with a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful painkillers fentanyl and oxycodone in his system, a coroner’s report said. Prosecutors accused Kay of providing the fentanyl to Skaggs and others, who were not named.

“Tyler Skaggs’s overdose – coming, as it did, in the midst of an ascendant baseball career – should be a wake-up call: No one is immune from this deadly drug, whether sold as a powder or hidden inside an innocuous-looking tablet,” Nealy Cox said.

If convicted, Kay faces up to 20 years in prison. Federal court records do not list an attorney representing him, and an attorney who previously spoke on his behalf did not immediately return a message seeking comment.