Yesterday morning, because I was excited for his start, I did a quick portrait of Yu Darvish based on his ESPN portrait.
Hey it's just spring ball, where everything is both SUPER important and yet not.
Like Ian Happ's spring so far!
I'm blabbing about it to everybody because it's so encouraging - yesterday the Cubs had 3 total hits vs the Rangers and 2 of them were Happ's. He's slashing .500/.500/.889!
But it's just Spring and yada yada small sample so really not that big a deal, right?
Conversely, Yu Darvish (and Jason Kipness) was scratched from his start because "illness", which ordinarily would be nothin'.
(Here's an update from Sullivan)
The flu or a bug or whatever goes through a clubhouse all the time (David Ross missed his first ST game for this reason).
It's just normal, no biggie.
But now we're all keenly aware of coronavirus (COVID-19), and any hint of someone having a cold will be way more anxiety-filled.
Happily, Bruce Levine says Darvish only has a cough.
But.. you can't help but think of what could happen big picture.
The other day, this was in the Trib:
Right now, MLB says they aren't going to cancel or postpone any games because of this virus (here's a Passan article about it), but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that should things turn worse, well... see above.
MLB has created an internal task force to deal with this, and so far they've established some common sense rules like no shaking hands with fans or using their pens to sign their baseballs.
I'm sure there's a mad scramble trying to figure that all out and I'm not here to guess what those plans might be, but I'm preparing myself for this year to be quite different.
Whatever happens, as they say, that's baseball.
Okay, today at 2:10 central it's Cubs vs Sox, and I think it's Lester v Giolito.
The Sox, now having signed Yoan Moncada after already signing Luis Robert and ex-Cub Eloy Jimenez, are showing a strategy based on locking in their core with long term contracts.
Might bite 'em later, but on the other hand maybe it's brilliant.
Go Cubs, and...