The coronavirus outbreak has uprooted a majority of Americans' everyday lives. MLB players are no different. Many of them were stuck at spring training, with no games, and nothing to do.
To pass some of the time, Sean Doolittle and his wife Eireann Dolan hosted an AMA (ask me anything) chat on YouTube.
They answered pretty much anything that fans threw at them, including how they are handling the virus outbreak. Here are three things we learned:
1. Eireann is scared of Max Scherzer, so is Sean
Nationals ace Max Scherzer is an intimidating guy. Two different colored eyes, a wicked slider, it's no surprise that opposing batters are afraid of him.
But Dolan is scared of Mad Max all the time. Doolittle is too.
"He's an awesome teammate, but there are days where he's pitching, he's just really focused and you don't want to throw him off his routine," Doolittle said. "You want to give him the best chance to get ready.
"Scared might not be the right word. Starters and relievers, we're very different. Sometimes it's just best to give him his space and let him get ready to go."
From the sounds of it, there's a lot left unsaid from Doolittle.
2. Eireann Dolan did not watch the final outs of the World Series
Dolan does not like watching Doolittle pitch. So much that at the end of Game 7 of the World Series, she was fearful of Doolittle coming in during the final innings. So, Dolan did the reasonable thing and found a place in Minute Maid Park in Houston to hide.... from the seventh inning on.
"I hid myself in a catering kitchen that was totally empty at the time," Dolan said. "I sat on a counter and put my noise-canceling headphones on with earplugs under that so I didn't hear anything. Because I know if I'm hearing cheers at Minute Maid Park something went wrong for us."
It was not until a stadium employee found her did she know the game had ended. Her father was busy meeting Doolittle on the field to celebrate instead of remembering to call her.
3. Doolittle has some interesting MLB expansion choices
There's been a lot of speculation on MLB expanding over the next couple of seasons. A 32-team league appears to be on the horizon.
Doolittle was asked where he would want MLB to expand. He quickly rattled off his favorite cities - which he admits may not be the best for expansion.
He chose Montreal (interesting, cough cough Expos), Nashville, Portland, Boulder and maybe Las Vegas.
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