The collegiate summer baseball team the Savannah Bananas, who operate out of the Coastal Plain League, sell out every game. It’s baseball but also part entertainment (in a Harlem Globetrotter vein) and part circus. Continue reading “Daily Dance: The Savannah Bananas”
Some news items you might have missed:
• Outsports: Major League Baseball ended its regular season on Sunday after a COVID-shortened 60 games and for the first time since the 2016 season, there were no players involved in any recorded, on-field anti-gay controversies. Granted, we still have the playoffs to go, but the only notable incident involved Cincinnati Reds announcer Thom Brennaman.
• NY Daily News: A Bronx man is accused of hacking to death with a machete a man he met on Grindr — and his roommate walked in on the bloody aftermath. Juan Alonso, 50, was charged Monday with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. Cops are still trying to identify his victim.
• Insider: Two New Jersey police officers pleaded guilty last week to smashing windows and slashing tires on cars owned by a man who had complained about them. As a part of the plea agreement, neither men will be able to work public service in the state.
• Politico: A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll found that just 20 percent of voters said that they believed the winner of the presidential election will be called on election night, while 66 percent said they expect it to happen sometime later, 19 percent believe it will be the next day, and 26 percent believe it will be between two and seven days after the polls close.
• The Hill: A new New York Times/Siena College poll shows Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the vital battleground state of Pennsylvania by 9 points (49-40). The RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Biden with a 5.3 percentage point lead in the Keystone State.
• Netflix: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, an organization near and dear to my heart, invites you to “Grab a drink (or two) with the spectacular cast of Netflix’s The Boys in the Band during #SipInWithTheBoys!” The livestream at 8 pm Eastern on October 2 benefits Broadway Cares and The Actors Fund.
During a press briefing today, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered to host any Major League Baseball game that needs a controlled environment to play.
“New York state could host any Major League Baseball game that any teams want to play and they could play those games in our stadiums. New York state has one of the lowest infection rates in the United States.
“New York state has a full Department of Health protocol system in place. We have a testing system in place. I offer to Major League Baseball, if you’re having problems playing in other states, come play here.
“We could set up a protocol where you get on a private plane in a high risk state, you land in New York, you are transported directly from a plane to a quarantine hotel. You are in the quarantine hotel and tested in the quarantine hotel. If you are negative, you play ball.
“I understand the practical dynamics — teams want to play in their own state and city. I get it. There’s no fans anyways, it’s just about the coverage, and New York is the media capital.”
Major League Baseball is holding an emergency meeting today to discuss plans for the rest of the truncated 2020 season after the Miami Marlins’ home opener was postponed after 13 members of the organization tested positive for COVID-19.
More than a dozen members of the Miami Marlins, including 11 players and two coaches, have tested positive for COVID-19 while in Philadelphia, ESPN’s Jeff Pasan reported Monday morning.
That’s up from the four players who had tested positive as of Sunday.
The team wrapped a series against the Phillies on Sunday, and were set to fly home to Miami on Monday.
However, their flight home has been canceled, Action News has learned.
Major League Baseball announced the postponement of both Miami’s home opener against the Orioles and the Phillies home game against the Yankees on Monday.
Updating the Miami Marlins’ outbreak: The total number of infected players is 11 of the 33 who have been traveling with the team and two coaches, sources tell ESPN.
The Marlins-Orioles and Yankees-Phillies games tonight have been postponed. For now, the rest may be played.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 27, 2020
MLB has its scheduled call with all 30 owners today at about 12:30 pm Eastern. That suddenly is a different call than it would have been 48 hours ago.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 27, 2020
Every member of the Washington Nationals and the New York Yankees took a knee tonight before the national anthem.
Not during – so shut up far-right wackos – but before the anthem. #awesome
Everybody on both teams took a knee prior to the anthem. Then stood for the anthem. pic.twitter.com/Z186ZDEsU9
— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) July 23, 2020
Some news items you might have missed:
• CBS Sports: Major League Baseball is set to return starting either July 23 or 24, the league has announced. It’s worth noting that 40 MLB players and staff members reportedly tested positive for the novel coronavirus in recent days.
• Billboard: Former President Barack Obama is set to deliver a special message to the LGBTQ community for the 3rd annual Stonewall Day virtual event. He will be joined by major stars such as Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and more, who will be offering their own messages of support, while pop superstars Kesha and Hayley Kiyoko will take to the digital stage for special performances. The Stonewall Day 2020 livestream on Logo’s YouTube and Facebook pages from 12:45 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET on Friday, June 26.
• NewNowNext: Also on Friday, the cast of FX’s Pose will reunite for “Pose-A-Thon,” a commercial-free, one-hour online kiki with the cast and creative team of Pose. The event will raise awareness for three LGBTQ organizations: GLSEN, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund. The “Pose-A-Thon” will air Friday, June 26 at 10pm ET on FX, Freeform, and the “Pose-A-Thon” website.
• New Music: Lauv drops a surprise new EP titled Without You. The 4 tracks were all written and produced during quarantine. The global hottie also releases the quarantine made video for “Dishes,” the totally chill-vibe lead track for the EP. p.s. He also recently launched Breaking Modern Loneliness, an episodic podcast where each episode is a new open forum discussion on all things human relationships, mental health, and technology.
• Zillow: The massive real estate website has announced all Zillow listings will now provide information regarding local LGBTQ protections to help home buyers and renters identify which communities provide protection for all. Currently, only 22 states and the District of Columbia have laws against housing discrimination that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
• Reuters: American approval of Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has dropped to the lowest level on record since Reuters/Ipsos polls started asking the question at the beginning of March. With new COVID-19 cases surging, 58 percent said they disapproved.
• Out: Actor and activist Wilson Cruz (My So-Called Life, Star Trek: Discovery) offers this subtle reminder that at the young age of 46-years-old, he ain’t playing.
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No baseball butt until at least May as Major League Baseball has postponed opening day due to coronavirus guidance that recommends limiting events of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks.
Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred issued the announcement after discussing the issue with officials with all 30 teams.
“The opening of the 2020 regular season will be pushed back in accordance with that guidance,” read the statement. “The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins.”
Opening day had been scheduled for March 26.
Last Thursday, MLB hit pause in regard to the rest of the spring training schedule.
Some news items you might have missed:
• InstaHunks: Ripped AF Ramses Principe (above) is staring down Hump Day like a Boss!
• OUT: Despite the beautiful monologue by the father at the end of the coming of age film, Call Me By Your Name, author Andre Aciman says he never intended to imply Elio’s dad was gay.
• Twitter: Don’t forget – Game 7 of the World Series takes place tonight. Will the Houston Astros make it their second title in three years, or will the Washington Nationals bring it home for the very first time? You know I love baseball…
— Boy Culture Blog (@mattrett) October 30, 2019
• C&C: You may have heard about GoFundMe crowdfunding campaigns, but how about ‘ComeF*ckMe’ fundraising? A Twitter user shared a screen capture of a Grindr chat inviting someone to an orgy, but there was a $50 entrance fee. Turns out the event was to raise money to help the families of two victims of a shooting incident pay funeral costs. #ok…
• NPR: New numbers from the Commerce Department show the economy lost steam during the summer and early fall. GDP, the broadest measure of economic activity, grew at an annual rate of just 1.9% during the third quarter. That’s a deceleration from the lackluster second quarter when GDP grew at a 2% pace.
• Morning Consult: As the primary season edges closer and closer, the lead many Democratic White House hopefuls held over Donald Trump in hypothetical match-ups is tightening according to Morning Consult polling.
As warm weather finally truly arrives in the month of May, sports fans know we are in the heat of baseball season.
And (most) LGBT baseball fans can look forward to at least one night out where their local team hosts an event just for them.
Outsports reports that 21 of the 30 MLB teams will be hosting some type of Pride event especially for their LGBT fans.
And if you’re a Chicago Cubs fan, you get two LGBT nights (Pride Day – June 10; Out at Wrigley – August 26).
For the most part, however, the events are scheduled to coincide with Pride Month in June.
The majority of these events are coordinated with the team and local organizations, although some, like the Kansas City Royals, have a grassroots-organized Pride Night.
Nine teams, unfortunately, do not have plans to hold any special night for LGBT fans. Those include the Miami Marlins, Cincinnati Reds, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers.
According to Outsports, only three teams have never had any type of Pride Night: Los Angeles Angels, Cincinnati Reds and the New York Yankees.
Click here for a complete list (at this writing) of Pride Night events hosted by MLB teams this season.
And even if you don’t understand the game all that well, remember there’s other reasons to take in a baseball game – like the players 🙂
Plus, you never know who’s gonna get caught on the Kiss Cam:
MSNBC’s Joy Reid wonders aloud why President Trump turned down the Washington Nationals offer to throw the ceremonial first pitch.
According to a 2014 interview, Trump said he was “the best baseball player in New York” when he played back in high school.
Of course, that was the same time the New York Yankees won the World Series with folks like Roger Maris, Yogi Berra and Mickey Mantle.
“Best player in New York?”
Says Reid, “Could it be, that Trump, clearly no Mariana Rivera, wants to avoid the potential boos and hisses that could greet him at the Nationals Park, given that a whopping 90% of DC voters chose Hillary Clinton over him? Trump may not be so popular with the players either. Close to 30% of the players on the rosters of MLB’s opening rosters were born outside the United States.”