Bay Area native Mark Canha currently makes his home in Arizona. His soon-to-be family of four have been self-quarantining for four days already due to the global coronavirus pandemic, even though it’s not yet a local mandate.
“It’s kind of weird here,” Canha said Wednesday night. “A lot of people seem to be going about life as if everything is normal. They’re out in public a little too much. It’s a little worrisome for the current state of the country.”
Canha and family members only leave the house for essentials, or a quick drive around the neighborhood to help his daughter fall asleep.
All of this is such a drastic departure from what he normally would be doing right now.
“It happened so quickly,” Canha said about developments surrounding COVID-19. “It was like 48 hours, and then see you later. It was so quick how it happened. We had played a game the day before the NBA suspended, once that happened it was kind of like ‘Uh oh, this is going bad.' ”
In a cloudy time of life, priorities are relatively clear for the A’s slugger.
“It feels like a time to be meant for keeping ourselves healthy,” Canha said. “The quarantine thing, rather than getting ready for baseball.”
Canha says the shock factor and lack of information are what strikes him most right now. He plans to keep workouts to the bare minimum for the time being, or until there’s a “light at the end of the tunnel.”
“I’m really missing hitting,” Canha admitted. “It’s such a passion for me, I enjoy the process so much of getting ready during spring training and hitting in the cage everyday. It’s like a fun little puzzle that I have to try and figure out each year. And it’s just such a passion that I dive so deep into.
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For all the negatives involved with the world’s current health pandemic, it offers Canha the opportunity that he otherwise would not have been able to experience in the next six weeks.
“I’m going to in all likelihood, be there one hundred percent be there for the birth of my next child,” Canha said. “And also get to hang out with her for the first month two of her life. Which I wouldn’t have, if I was playing baseball.”
“There is reason for optimism on my end, but I know a lot of people are hurting.”