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Snake Bytes 7/23: The Day Before Tomorrow

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In a season with no fans, at least we won’t have to deal with the wave

Diamondbacks News:

Christian Walker expected back for opener

Walker had “treatment” for the groin injury on Friday, practiced Sunday, and took live at bats this past Tuesday. He did not run.

Kevin Cron getting ready for opener

Sounds like Cron will be ready before Walker according to the article. Cron took multiple at bats on Tuesday as well, he is nursing a sore hamstring.

Baseball News:

MLB players taking visible stance on social injustice

From the article: Arizona Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen and manager Torey Lovullo said they’ve had several discussions at the team level about the ways it wants to support social justice. They also said organizations were in talks with MLB about ways to show league-wide unity.

Hazen said any show of support shouldn’t be a one-day event.

“Opening day will be another marker in that, but it’s going to continue to endure beyond that as well,” Hazen said. “The changes, in terms of highlighting systemic racism, injustice, equality, those issues are going to be here forever.

“It’s on all of us to do what we should be doing to stamp those things out.”

Daniel Bard following God’s plan in returning to MLB 7 years after his last appearance

From the article: When former Red Sox assistant general manager Mike Hazen was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks as GM, he brought in Bard as a mental skills coach and player mentor. He first worked with young prospects on how to hone their focus and work through performance anxieties, then started working with Arizona’s big-league players in 2019. As he occasionally played catch with the players, his talent became apparent.

“Just by teaching them for two years, by accident, it rubbed off on me and I picked up on some things,” Bard told The Athletic. “I was doing it to help other guys, trying to help them with something I wasn’t able to get help with. And I accidentally ran into it myself.”

Mookie Betts signs deal 12 year deal with Dodger-evil

“I just love being here,’’ Betts said in a videoconference call from Dodger Stadium, where he will make his Dodgers debut Thursday against San Francisco. “I love everything about here. I’m here to win some rings and bring championships back to LA. That’s all I’m focused on.”

uh, gag me with a spoon

Blue Jays denied permission to play at PNC park

“To add travelers to this region for any reason, including for professional sports events, risks residents, visitors and members of both teams,” Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine

Off topic Snake Byte:

Find the snake in this pic in 15 seconds

If you are like me and could not find the snake, click the link above to the article. In there is a red circle indicating where the copper head is in this picture.