Part of me wants to write, again today, about the ongoing insanity and awfulness going on in this country.
Another part of me is too exhausted from thinking about it, too angry thinking about it, to write anything.
The second part of me won tonight. I urge you to watch what’s happening, and speak out where you can, and do what you can. Most importantly, VOTE.
Here is some (mostly) non-police violence and peaceful protest news. The above video gives me a little hope.
So I thought I’d start today with a story that has absolutely nothing to do with the civil unrest going on in America, or about Covid-19.
It’s about baseball, and players on one major-league team doing what’s right.
If you follow sports you may have heard that minor league baseball is undergoing some awful changes. The majors are looking to cut close to 40 teams, and minor league player salaries, already meager, are likely to get cut this year as well.
Now, the Washington Nationals announced last weekend they’d be cutting the pay of 200 of their minor leaguers
Washington National players are providing financial assistance to their minor league brethren, after the team management announced a 25% pay cut.
Over the weekend, the Washington Nationals made the organizational decision to cut the pay of about 200 minor leaguers for at least the month of June, from $400 a week to $300 a week. While other teams have committed to paying the full stipend at least through June (some for the entire season), at least one team (the Oakland Athletics) is stopping payments all together going forward. The Nationals seem to be the only major-league team paying a lower stipend amount according to the Athletic.
This didn’t sit well with the Nationals players, so late Sunday night, Washington Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle announced via Twitter that Nats players will be making up the lost funds, which amounts to about $20,000, for their minor league brethren.
And then of course, embarrassed by the public backlash they received, the Nationals organization announced that OK fine, we’ll give the minor leaguers their $400 a month.
Disgraceful that the Nats, a major league team coming off a World Series championship, would treat their low-paid employees this way.
Good for Sean Doolittle and the Nats players for stepping up and shaming their franchise.
**Next up today, you know if you’re a regular reader that I’m a huge tennis fan, and I’m going nuts without any ATP or WTA events to watch.
Still, even though there’s no tennis going on, I want to give a shout-out of praise to two outstanding young American players, taking a stand for what’s right. Watch this video Frances Tiafoe put together with some fellow tennis players, and one that Coco Gauff made, and realize the future is in good hands.
Way to go, Frances and Coco. Outstanding stuff.
**And finally today, this story is very insignificant in the grand scheme, but it made me smile and laugh.
A woman in China was mad at her ex-boyfriend, who broke up with her just a few days before Chinese Valentine’s Day (I had no idea V-Day was a thing in China, did you?)
So to get revenge on the pain he had caused her, she ordered an actual ton of onions sent to his house. A truckload of them showed up on his doorstep with a note that it was his “turn” to cry like she had been doing for days.
“I cried for three days, and now it’s your turn!,” she wrote in a note alongside the stinging gift.
The woman in Shandong, surnamed Zhao, told Shandong Net that she had been in a relationship with her ex-boyfriend for nearly a year before the man decided to “unilaterally” break up.
“It caused me a lot of pain, but he refused to cry!” Zhao said.
So she said she decided to send a gift that would “squeeze out his tears”.
“Money is nothing. But the feelings between two people are precious. I can’t be the only one crying,” she added.
Good on ya, Zhao. Men. Who needs them?
On the other hand, I bet the boyfriend had some delicious, teary meals for weeks!