While Memorial Day does tend to act as the unofficial opening weekend to summer, it’s also important to remember that it serves to honor the memory of the men and women who died serving in the U.S. Military.
In baseball, the day is usually marked with special uniforms, and a spotlight on service members. Instead, I’ll bring you some baseball news and tell you to enjoy your day off.
(Fun fact: in Canada, where I live, we don’t have Memorial Day — we honor our veterans in November — but last Monday we had Victoria Day, which has been a celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday for about 175 years.)
- James Filmore at our sister site Twinkie Town has the incredible, unusual story of the judge who saved the Minnesota Twins.
- Have you ever wanted to rent a baseball stadium? Jenna West shares that the Pensacola Blue Wahoos are listing their stadium on Airbnb.
- Joel Sherman uses the lens of hindsight to reassess the failure of Gregg Jefferies’ “failure” with the Mets.
- The Washington Nationals unveiled their World Series ring, complete with Baby Shark.
- Are catchers a dying breed? Travis Sawchik looks at the changing value of one of the toughest positions on the baseball field.
- Little League has drafted some “best practices” for when youth return to baseball diamonds.
- With the international games in London cancelled due to coronavirus, SI.com asks: “Where should MLB’s next showcase games be held?”
- Starting in 2021, Pac-12 will have a conference baseball tournament for the first time.
- Baseball will undoubtedly be different when it returns, but Chicago-area native Brett Butler tells George Castle the game has been changing for a long time now.
- Phil Coke reminisces over his iconic glove slam in the 2012 ALCS.
And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.