“#Yankees catcher: ‘We’re better than this as a country’”
June 7, 2020 | 10:54pm
I want to start this week by addressing something much more important than baseball. I don’t normally post anything political or anything about social issues on social media because I tend to listen more than I speak — mainly because I know I don’t have all the answers. But I owe it to all my black teammates and coaches and friends, and other people who have had a huge influence on me over the years, to publicly say that I stand with them in the fight against racism in America.
I think we’re better than this as a country, and what happened to George Floyd was awful and very difficult to watch. Like I said, I don’t have all the answers. I do know that my generation owes it to the world to make sure our kids and our grandkids are taught to never judge anyone by anything other than their character.
I’m still in Oregon, and if you’ve been reading my thoughts here the last couple of months, you know that I’m an optimist about restarting the baseball season. I still think that something can be reached. I still think we’re going to play this year. Under what terms, I don’t know, but I still think we’re going to play.
I’ve been pretty engaged, especially with our team representative Zack Britton (we had been in touch about once a week and now it’s a few times a week) and also with my agents at Beverly Hills Sports Council. I’m trying to share my two cents if I think I could maybe help.
In terms of the negotiations between us and the owners, I don’t bring emotion into it. I don’t think the lack of progress is frustrating at all. To me, it’s just a simple matter of we haven’t yet found an agreement between both sides, so there’s obviously some work to be done.
Meanwhile, I’ve been going strong with my workouts. A lot of the restrictions have been eased in Oregon, so I’ve been able to go to a private gym and do everything there. I’m no longer doing my catching drills in my in-laws’ barn. All this time during the shutdown, I haven’t had to take a break from any sort of workouts or hitting. I’m still in game shape. Not like “game” game shape, but I’m at that peak readiness of where I would be every offseason getting ready to go back to spring training.
When or if we’ll have spring training, we still don’t know. But I remain hopeful that we’ll have it — and a season. And I’ll be ready.
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