The Jays are heading into their final stretch of spring training games, as Charlie’s ship has set sail. There has been a hypnotist, maybe a ventriloquist, or even a contortionist to help the players bond and have a laugh. But, there is news breaking that is no laughing matter:
BREAKING: #BlueJays to impose pre-game curfew on playing video games in clubhouse this season, manager Charlie Montoyo says. Some players suggested there was too much Fortnite last year, he says. Film at 11.
— John Lott (@LottOnBaseball) March 18, 2019
Let the great debate begin:
Interesting. You'll hear a couple perspectives on this.
1) video games are distracting, a waste of time, should be banned
2) e-sports allow players to compete & de-stress away from baseball; players are adults who can manage their own time https://t.co/5e901vIfCQ
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) March 18, 2019
If a player is missing BP because he is in a heated game of Fortnite, I think that’s a problem. If the young adult sons have a Fortnite addiction, it’s best that they sober up. If they can’t put down the remote, it’s time for a Charlie intervention.
It’s video game madness – I tell ya. Who do these MLBers think they are? They are not professional League of Legends players. They are professional baseball players.
Actually, wait…it’s all starting to make sense, ya know, the whole ‘blister’ thing. It’s not the MLB baseballs. It’s the Fortnite. The Fortnite in every MLB clubhouse. Goddamn those remote controls.
This is the breaking news of the day. The breaking news that isn’t as eye-rolling as this:
RHP prospect Eric Pardinho is experiencing mild soreness in his right elbow, per Blue Jays director of player development Gil Kim. Pardinho is not throwing right now and will stay back at extended spring when minor-league seasons begin next month.
— Arden Zwelling (@ArdenZwelling) March 18, 2019
Fingers big time effing crossed that Pardinho won’t need to undergo Tommy John surgery. Let’s hope that he doesn’t need that Ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction. Let’s hope that his tendon is okay. Let’s hope that he has a healthy season in Lansing. Let’s hope…right?
…Is Spring Training over yet?