Sports Shorts

  • Luck of the draw: The Rays and the Yankees play each other 10 times. That’s 1/6 of the season against a really good team with a payroll three times that of the Rays.
  • Sports, as we know, can be a welcome diversion from the rest of life. But with a pandemic, the impact on the game is part of the optics. From masks to “cut-out” fans to politics. Now we have the Rays purchasing the contract of lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin. Yes, he’s the husband of White House press sycophant Kayleigh McEnany.
  • Speaking of fan cut-outs, there was a familiar one the other night at a Kansas City Royals game—at least familiar to those who remember “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
  • University of Florida football fans have to like that No. 8 pre-season ranking by USA Today. But context matters: SEC rivals Alabama, Georgia and LSU are ranked 3, 4 and 5. Plus, there’s that pandemic thing and whether there will be a season or not. Otherwise, go, Gators.

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