Friday roundup: Throwing good money after bad edition

This will be remembered as the week that all 30 MLB teams played at once, after the Cincinnati Reds returned from being sidelined by a positive Covid test … for one whole day, until the New York Mets were sidelined by two positive Covid tests. Is this a sign that having 900 players plus coaches plus other staff flying around a country with some of the highest Covid rates in the world is likely to keep resulting in occasional infections? Probably! Is it a sign that the MLB season is doomed to fail? Probably not, given that the season is almost halfway over already, though it’s going to get interesting once the “Everybody Plays!” postseason kicks off and a positive test result means delaying the entire schedule, and/or maybe playing entire playoff series as seven-inning doubleheaders. There’s increasing talk of playing everything after the first round in a bubble in, uh, Texas and Southern California, which sounds like a terrible idea but the NBA has managed to keep its players uninfected in the eye of the Covid hurricane in Florida, so who knows, really. Maybe there are no good ideas right now, only more and less terrible ones.

Anyway, enough about the goofy baseball season that could end up with a sub-.500 team winning the World Series, let’s talk about what you’re really here for:

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5 comments on “Friday roundup: Throwing good money after bad edition

  1. “A new baseball stadium can lift the fortunes of a city, but not all by itself”

    Am I alone in thinking that sounds exactly like the “part of this balanced breakfast” commercials that showed a bowl of cereal sitting in the middle of an actual balance breakfast.

  2. They’ll just build a floating arena. It’s not the first time that San Diego has looked into a floating stadium, considering what is now Qualcomm was originally proposed as floating so they could reconfigure it between football and baseball. Just got to figure out the Coast Guard rules and they’ll be all set.

  3. Besides Reinsdorf, the person most credited for the White Sox stadium, Gov. “Big Jim” Thompson, passed away last week.

    1. Yeah, the filmmakers were negotiating with Thompson for an interview when he died. I mean, not literally on the phone with him, but it was in the works.

  4. San Diego doesn’t need an arena but the ground level of the current site (17′ to 18′) is higher than the airport, Petco Park field and most of the surrounding street level, the convention center and downtown water front property, all of Mission Beach and part of PB. Coronado would be an island and it would be much smaller. Basically San Diego would be screwed if or when the sea levels rise 15 to 20 feet.

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