Baseball In Solitary: My Return To Sportswriting

My first game story in 145 days came on one of the weirdest afternoons (and evenings) of my career.

The first pitch of the first seven-inning doubleheader in MLB history. (all photos by the author)
Social distancing, March 2020 style.
Somewhere in this stadium, Trevor Bauer is angry.
My new home. Much thanks to the Tigers.
This is not the picture the Tigers use to advertise their suites.

What is happening?

In the opener, Nick Castellanos hit a two-run homer in the first inning and another home run to lead off the third. That doesn’t sound strange — Castellanos’ entire value as a baseball player is as a hitter — but it was only his second multi-homer game at Comerica Park. He only did it once in the seven seasons he played for the Tigers before being traded to the Cubs last year.

It is a big stadium, but Miguel Cabrera is going to the Hall of Fame.

Trevor Bauer is pissed

More pissed than normal, that is. Bauer had done his full warmup on Saturday before the game was delayed at the end of the national anthem, and he wasn’t happy.

This was only one of his tweets after Saturday’s rainout.

Freelance writer and data scientist in Metro Detroit. Covered pro sports for and the Associated Press before COVID-19. Mentally ill and not ashamed.

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