The COVID-19 pandemic has brought people together — figuratively, of course, with social distancing measures in place — and that includes the two sides of the Crosstown rivalry helping each other out.
White Sox catcher James McCann has been quarantining with his family outside Nashville, and like many other players, he's tried to stay in shape to be ready for baseball's return.
And he's getting some help from a former Cub.
"I've been able to hit and throw and work out to a certain degree, thankfully," McCann explained during a Friday conference call. "Here in Tennessee, facilities are shut down and all non-essential businesses are shut down completely. But thankfully Ben Zobrist, who lives in town, has a barn with a cage. I've been able to pretty much go there by myself and hit off a tee, a machine and stay in as best shape as possible."
While players have shared their workouts on social media, hitting into nets set up in their apartments and practicing with their kids in the backyard, this might be the first word we've heard of someone working out in a barn.
And that it's Zobrist's barn adds a whole different element to it, though it's perhaps one of the best messages that can be delivered during these challenging times.
If a North Sider can help out a South Sider, then anyone who's able should lend a hand to a neighbor in need.
Hear more from McCann on what he's been up to during this extended break from baseball on the latest edition of the White Sox Talk Podcast.[embed]