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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Baseball

Nationals’ World Series rings include Baby Shark engraving

Baby Shark was a big part of the Washington Nationals’ World Series run, so it only makes sense that it appears on the ring in some form.

The Nationals released the design of their championship rings on Sunday as part of a video. Roughly two minutes in, the video draws attention to the inside of the ring, which includes a special Baby Shark engraving.

You have to love it. Nationals fans had a blast with the Baby Shark phenomenon and it quickly became identified with the team. It simply had to make its way onto the ring somehow.

Gerardo Parra, who use the song as his walkup music and started the craze, went even further in his recognition of Baby Shark.

New York governor Andrew Cuomo clears teams to open training camp

Professional sports in New York took a major step toward returning on Sunday, as governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that teams are free to open their training facilities.

Cuomo said teams across the state of New York can resume training as long as proper health protocols are taken. That clears the way for the Buffalo Bills to move from virtual workouts to in-person activities.

The Giants and Jets play and train in New Jersey, so they are still awaiting clearance from governor Phil Murphy. However, Murphy is expected to follow Cuomo’s lead in the near future.

The NFL has told teams they can reopen their facilities as long as their local governments approve, and several teams have already received clearance. Since New York was hit the hardest by the virus, it is a good sign that sports have been given the green light in the state.

While sporting events will undoubtedly look a lot different than we’re used to when they resume, things appear to be trending in the right direction.

Noah Syndergaard shares his side of lease dispute lawsuit

Noah Syndergaard

Noah Syndergaard on Saturday shared his side of a legal dispute he’s involved in with a landlord.

The New York Post reported on Friday that Syndergaard is being sued by a company that accuses the pitcher of not paying the rent on a penthouse apartment he signed up to rent in February.

The lease was for eight months at $27,000 a month. The New York Mets pitcher was set to move in on March 20 but never did. He is accused of not making any payments and defaulting on the lease, which has led to the suit. The landlord says he has been unable to rent the apartment since.

Syndergaard posted a note on Twitter to defend himself. He says he offered to pay two months of rent and that he decided against moving in amid the pandemic. Syndergaard is also upset the landlord leaked the story to the media.

Sadly, this is one example of many similar disputes that will be coming over the next year or so.

The 27-year-old pitcher is recovering from Tommy John surgery he underwent in March.

5 MLB teams most likely to surprise this season

Lucas Giolito

The MLB season looks like it will be played in some form, which is good news for teams who had high hopes for the 2020 season. Multiple teams have put the pieces in place to have a very good season — sometimes in a way that will defy expectations.

Here are five MLB teams that had poor 2019 seasons but could be poised to surprise in 2020.

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Tom Brady hires extra security for his Tampa mansion during holiday weekend

Tom Brady

Tom Brady’s new digs in Tampa have become somewhat of a tourist destination, so the quarterback has responded appropriately during the holiday weekend.

Brady has hired some security to watch his mansion this weekend, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Saturday.

According to Diana C. Nearhos, Brady is working with the Tampa Police Department to have extra-duty officers patrol the waters outside his house. The Buccaneers quarterback is paying for the off-duty officers to watch his home, not taxpayers, according to the report. Allowing off-duty officers to work as security is a service the police department offers to individuals and companies.

Brady signed with the Bucs in free agency and is living in Derek Jeter’s gigantic mansion on Davis Islands. The home is so huge that it is easily identifiable, and since it overlooks the water, it is accessible to those on watercraft.

“Derek did a pretty good job of screening it,” Brady said of the security protecting the home, during an interview on the Howard Stern Show in April. “I think part of it is when I come home, I want to be able to let my guard down and relax, but this is a little different when you go out to the backyard, there’s a lot of boats that have pulled up and people out front. It’s a little different.”

Brady also described himself in the Howard Stern interview as an introvert, which helps explain why he wants his privacy. He said he has his family living in the mansion with him.

Brady is starting to make Tampa feel like home and has even been conducting workouts with his new teammates.

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski have teamed up yet again! Treat yourself or a friend with this great Tampa Fiesta shirt. You can buy it here.

Report: MLB, MLBPA expected to compromise on salary, financial matters

Rob Manfred

The disconnect between MLB and the MLBPA has some concerned that a lack of deal on player salaries and other financial issues could completely wipe out the 2020 season. Apparently, those in the game know that’s not an option.

According to Jon Heyman of MLB Network, there is a belief within the game that some sort of compromise will be reached, as all involved know the potential ramifications of a lost season.

Canceling the 2020 MLB season over a lack of an agreement would be brutal for the sport. MLB has claimed major financial losses without a season, even worse than if games are played without fans. That doesn’t even count the bad PR that would come from it, especially with other leagues moving toward restarting without any of these issues.

A new proposal is coming next week. Hopefully it puts the wheels in motion toward an actual deal.

Pensacola Blue Wahoos make minor league stadium available on AirBnB

Minor league baseball teams have been hit particularly hard by the shutdown of the sports world, with those teams very reliant on gameday income to keep things running. With that in mind, one organization has gotten very creative in terms of making money.

The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, are offering up their stadium on AirBnB. The price is $1,500 per night, and it comes with all the amenities: full access to the field, batting cages, and clubhouse, as well as the attached bedroom.

The full listing is well worth reading, but the team promises all the amenities. A staff member is on hand at all times to provide security and answer questions. And no, it’s not a scam, as the listing is verified by AirBnB.

Things are very rough for the minor leagues right now. It’s a pretty creative way on the organization’s part to maybe make some money and earn some publicity.