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Quarantine and chill

Jermaine Every

Last week, I wrote about what we could expect from the sports world moving forward following the COVID-19 pandemic. Looking at several different factors, I attempted to forecast what the sports world could look like whenever we return to the new normal. While there are numerous questions that remain unanswered about sports possibly returning, life goes on. Time doesn't stop and neither should we. So what are you doing in the meantime? Here are a few things my family and I have been up to:

Watching sports classics

Several networks, mainly ESPN and its fellow Disney brands, are airing classic sporting events. Whether they're the events we're accustomed to seeing at this time of year or others, I've enjoyed reliving these classics. The final round of the '97 Masters was among my favorites because that's when Tiger Woods took the golf world by storm. NFL Network has been replaying classic games and its America's Team series about Super Bowl champions. The different league's networks have been doing the same. Kick back and enjoy some classics. It's the best we've got for now.

Teaching the kids new skills

While the kids have been out of school, they've been tasked with distance learning. This means the schools and their districts have turned into facilitators while parents have added the title of teachers to their list of responsibilities. Up above was a lesson teaching our son how to wax his car. We also give them a critical thinking problem to solve every few days. They're also on a schedule so they aren't sleeping until 10-11am everyday. Routine is important. So is taking this time to spend with your kids to teach them things they won't learn in school.

Binge shows

While I spend most of my time watching sports, there are so many shows I haven't gotten into. I just finished season one of Ozark and can't wait to get up to date. Crime and cop shows are my favorites so I've been watching a ton of Law and Order: SVU, and recently got into Chicago P.D. If you guys have any suggestions, I'm all ears. I've gotten to the point in which some shows I've seen episodes so many times, I can recite the lines while taking a bathroom break and not miss a beat. This is either a sign of impending madness, or genius.

Eat and shop local

Too many businesses are losing money or are closing altogether. Supporting these businesses is essential to a thriving economy. If you're able, please try to support these businesses. We make it a point to try to eat from a local restaurant at least a couple times a week. By no means are we well off, but we know the importance of supporting the places around us. We had a delivery driver thank us for ordering food because it means she has a job still. She was almost in tears thanking us. If that doesn't show you the importance, I don't know what will.

Virtual parties

Whether it's the celebrity DJs or your own family, virtual parties have been awesome! Some DJs are raising money for various charities and/or healthcare workers. Pour a drink, login, and enjoy! My family has had a couple virtual parties. We even had drinks together. Doing things like this isn't the same as going out to a club or a family gathering, but it's something to occupy our time while maintaining social distancing and gives us a semblance of normalcy.

Whatever you do during this time, do it wisely. Protect yourself and the others around you. If you're feeling like the walls are closing in on you, talk to someone. You aren't alone. Lots of people are out there feeling like they're going crazy. I know of a few people that I know I need to check on every so often. I drove by one friend's house Saturday because we were in the area getting food. We honked, waved, and chatted from a safe distance. I know he's going crazy so I made sure to check on him. Bottom line: do something, be kind, stay active and don't descend into madness. We'll get through this.

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The Marlins are showing interest in Yuli Gurriel. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

As the reporting date for pitchers and catchers draws near, there are still some decisions hanging over the Astros. One of them is whether or not to bring back Yuli Gurriel. “La Piña,” as he's affectionately called, is 38 years old. He turns 39 in June. His leadership and instincts cannot be matched. The man has seen a ton of baseball and comes from a family of baseballers. So, what's the holdup?

Enter the Miami Marlins. The ownership group, led by Bruce Sherman, is undoubtedly trying to capitalize on the heavy Cuban population in the Miami area. Bringing in the Cuban Babe Ruth is a great way to attempt to get more fan engagement. The franchise has only been to the playoffs three times. First two times (1997 and 2003), they won it all. In 2020, they were swept in the NLDS. They're most likely offering him a ridiculous amount of money to come to a team with a losing history. Knowing the Marlins are willing to hand out stupid money, would you blame La Piña for taking one last ridiculous payday?

Think about it. He's got two rings and made a ton of money. He can safely retire very comfortably. The lure to come back for another year or two would definitely be about money. The Marlins aren't a real threat in the next couple of seasons to do anything, but are willing to pay me like I'm still a star? Plus, I'm closer to my home country with all my family and friends? Sign me up!

This is where the Astros have to make a decision. Bring Yuli back for another year or move on. If he follows through with his last four years, this should be a bounce back year. Since 2016, his first year in Houston and MLB, he's hit .262, .299, .291, .298, .232 (pandemic shortened season), .319, and .242 last season. The man is a professional hitter. He knows how to work an at-bat and can drive pitchers nuts. His defense isn't bad either. He's a more than capable first baseman.

This won't win me any favor, but I think it's time to move on. Yuli will always have a place in my heart because he was a major factor in the Astros' two World Series wins. Last season's title run was even more satisfying since it helped silence the haters. That was the mouthwash that got rid of the stench of the sign stealing scandal. Piña was there through it all.

Now, it's time to start transitioning towards the future. Piña, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman, Justin Verlander, and Lance McCullers Jr were the only holdovers from the 2017 team. Verlander was one of the guys the Mets backed the Brinks truck up for this offseason. Altuve (32), Bregman (28), and McCullers (29) should be all that's left of that group. While it would've been great to have Verlander (39) back, the emergence of the youth movement in the pitching staff made his loss somewhat expendable. At some point, the nostalgia wears off. Father Time and Mother Nature are both undefeated. If they were to bring Piña back, he should be a part timer transitioning into a hitting coach. Careers come to an end. It's time to start looking at his exit.

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