7/27/20 – weekend in review: Jays Find a Home, Moonshots Galore, Verlander’s (Season Ending?) Injury, and a Dodgers Fan Lost Their Head

Blue Jays Finally Find A Home

Remember when the Canadian government denied the Blue Jays from hosting home games in Toronto with less than two weeks before their Home Opener? Well, the team can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as they’ve officially decided that they’ll be playing at a minor league park in Buffalo. Unfortunately, the park will need some significant upgrades before MLB games can be played there, so the Jays will have to play their scheduled homestands against the Nationals and Phillies on the road. The silver lining is that it shouldn’t affect home field advantage too much, since fans won’t be in attendance anyway.

Canada probably did themselves a favor here, since there’s already been a Covid outbreak among the Marlins, who were playing the Phillies, who would have been traveling to Toronto just as they might start testing positive if there was any contact with affected Marlins players. And considering the amount of players on multiple teams were televised this weekend violating MLB’s protocols doing things like spitting, high-fiving, chest bumping, not wearing masks in the dugout, not keeping distance on base…. well, it will be interesting to see how many games will end up being played in Buffalo by the time the upgrades are made.

Nelson Cruz and the Twins Obliterate the White Sox

If you follow my personal page on Twitter, you saw a series of tweets yesterday from me that went like this:

If you’re wondering what the fuss was about, the Twins’ 40-year-old DH went 4-5 yesterday with a bases-clearing double (first tweet), two home runs (second and third tweets), and SEVEN RBI. Oh, and this was after his teammate Jake Cave hit a grand slam in the first.

The Twins scored a total of 27 runs against the Sox during opening weekend – winning two of three over their division rivals. Fun fact: Since 2019, while Cruz has been in a Twins uniform, in the nineteen games he’s played against the Sox, he has 11 homers and 31 RBIs. And if this season actually plays the full 60 games, he gets to make them his bitch bat against them in seven more games.

Justin Verlander (Maybe?) Shut Down For the Rest of the Season

Yesterday I got this notification on my phone:

Only to be followed up with this just an hour or so later:

So which is it?

For now, the reigning Cy Young winning Verlander has been shut down for two weeks after an MRI revealed a right forearm strain. This is a huge blow to the Astros who already lost their other star, Gerrit Cole to the Yankees to free agency in the off season. Manager Dusty Baker is optimistic that Verlander might get to come back sometime this season, but for now, their ace is going to be sitting out for a while.

Will Smith Knocks A Fan’s Head Off

And now for the mustard this weekend.

Dodgers catcher Will Smith smashed a homer, and with it smashed a (cardboard) fan’s head off. Smith had this adorable exchange with the (human version of the cardboard) fan:

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