Tuesday's Mashup: Fans, players react to Manfred's MLB news

Nick "Fitzy" Stevens
June 15, 2020 - 11:13 pm
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Hello and Happy Tuesday! Hungry for a great week? OK, good luck picking three.

BROADCAST HIGHLIGHT

2019: Cleveland Browns vs. Miami Dolphins - 8 p.m., NFL Network

Any football > no footballEspecially duirng a pandemic and live-sports blackout like this.

REJECTION FROM ALL OVER

Monday afternoon MLB commissioner recanted on his previous statement where he said he had a 100% feeling that there would be major league baseball this year. Now, due to a further stalemate between owners and players Manfred has changed his tune, saying he has doubts as to whether or not there would be a season at all. Manfred even appeared on ESPN's "The Return of Sports" special Monday night to double down n the doomsday vibes.

Doesn't help that documents leaked out Monday reveal several MLB players and coaches have tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Whichever side of the argument you land on, truth is this is a shame of epic avoidable proportions. Ownership may have a point that they're losing money hand over mitt. And the players also can contractually claim they're not being dealt with in good faith, especially with a Collective Bargaining Agreement looming. I just can't see the average fan, desperate for sports, a diversion, some inspiration and distraction this year, relating to either side. This was baseball's chance to reclaim sone sports spotlight, show people that a sport whose average fan age is in the late 50's isn't just your grandfather's game anymore. They could have beat every other sports back to the national spotlight, and shone so brightly. Instead we're all ringing the shame bell as the rich argue about fairness in the face of getting richer. SHAME BELL FOR ALL.

But the shame bell seems to ring loudest for ownership. Shortly after Manfred's comments fans, players and media all chimed in with their feelings, one way or the other, on the subject. This Just In: nobody was happy. Like former Sox first baseman, Kevin Youkilis.

WEEI's Rich Keefe saw baseball's contractual ineptitude as an opprtunity for another sport on the outside looking in...

Radio.com's Jon Heyman, always with his finger on the baseball (weakening) pulse.

Baseball insider Jared Diamond nailed the shocking turnabout in just one sweet tweet.

With confidence in MLB commissioner Rob Manfred at an all-time low, one fan offered a "What if" that left us thinking for one extreme minute...

And some current players weren't having it at all, like former Sox infielder Travis Shaw

Cubs infielder Jason Kipnis is all set with Manfred.

And perhaps nobody went for the jugular like outspoken Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer.

Whatever happens, and whoever resolves or dissolves it, the average fan will never relate, nor possibly understand what's going on in this rich man's battle. Nor should they have to. C'mon now, MLB - play ball. Or pack it up and say, "It was a good run."

GOAT ATTIRE

Today is the day Tampa Bay first unveils officially the image of Tom Brady in a Buccaneers jersey. By now you've likely seen dozens of fan mockups. Now it's real. Well, it's been real for months. Still gonna be a little gross seeing Brady in any other jersey. Ah, who we kidding? 2020 has robbed us of all of our feelings by now, anyway.

I FOUND THIS AND LIKED IT

I don't know what the internet robots have been watching that lead their algorithm to place this on my YouTube homepage, but I'm awfully glad. Because it's a heck of a mashup, which is what we're here for. Plus I'm a sucker for good Batman content of any kind.

CAM JAM

Happy work anniversary to Cam Neely, who was named President of the Boston Bruins ten years ago today. Been an excellent tenure as an executive, much like his playing days; three Finals, one Cup raised. Let's hope he's celebrating with his a drink from his second Stanley Cup in a few months.