Fauci makes pitch for baseball’s return; ‘Cuomo Chips a hit in New York; jobless claims rise for first time since March

Major League Baseball’s opening day finally arrived Thursday, the virus-shortened season kicking off almost four months late and minus fans in the stands. 

The Washington Nationals, last year’s World Series champs, were hosting the venerable New York Yankees – with the equally venerable Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, tossing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In New York state, officials had to tighten guidelines for the mandate that bars serve food with their drinks. A handful of “Cuomo Chips” apparently does not meet the requirement. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, having fought off a deadly COVID-19 charge in the spring, is adamant that the state won’t go there again.

Nationally, the daily death toll surpassed 1,000 for the second straight day and hospitalizations were again peaking. The paralyzing coronavirus pandemic, beaten back by New York and a few other states, showed little sign of easing nationwid.

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Inside the Settling Down of Baseball’s Most Famous Bachelor

For the 20 years he played baseball, did anyone have the world at his feet more than Derek Jeter?

The New York Yankees shortstop gave his adoring fans what they wanted in the form of five World Series titles, earning him nicknames like “Captain Clutch” and “Mr. November.” In turn, Jeter was gifted with fame, hundreds of millions of dollars, 14 trips to the MLB All-Star Game and more female attention than any one man might know what to do with. In January he was one vote shy of becoming only the second player ever to be unanimously voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

No matter to Jeter, he’s headed to Cooperstown all the same.

Throughout his playing career, despite being one of the biggest names in all of sports, let alone the official BMOC in the Big Apple, he somehow remained free of any major scandals or … Read More