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So it was little surprise his take on the Redskins scandal missed the mark entirely. Instead of focusing on the point of the story and the pain of the women involved — 15 employees say they were sexually harassed by coworkers — his immediate reaction was to take a shot at “cancel culture” and focus on what it would mean for fans of the franchise.Sorry to disappoint Redskins fans. Even in the cancel culture that story, while horrific, isn’t going to take down Daniel Snyder.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 16, 2020MORE: Key details of allegations against RedskinsRovell’s comment did not go over well. The king of tone-deaf, widely ridiculed tweets did not miss a beat Thursday after The Washington Post reported allegations of rampant sexual harassment within the Redskins organization.Darren Rovell, a business reporter with Action Network, has built his social following with the help of his jarring approach to Twitter. He’s the guy who tweeted out a graphic JFK assassination video in the early morning, struggled to understand the concept of crediting fellow journalists for their work and minimized the wellbeing of NFL players, among countless other questionable posts. ESPN personality Bomani Jones probably had the most on-point response, but there were many scathing replies.if “cancel culture” was real, you think we’d let you stick around?— bomani (@bomani_jones) July 16, 2020The idea that women who bravely shared their stories about this work environment should somehow “disappoint” fans who wanted more is disgusting https://t.co/URMu3QsPLw— Emma Baccellieri (@emmabaccellieri) July 16, 2020what about in the “sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal law” culture, darren— Caitlin Kelly (@caitlin__kelly) July 16, 2020More than a dozen women alleged sexual harassment by Dan Snyder’s inner circle and this is your first takeaway?!! Have you no empathy or compassion?— Chris Williamson (@CWilliamson44) July 16, 2020I am never surprised at your ability to have the most ghoulish take, and yet I am always surprised at the new levels of ghoul that you fi— katherine fitzgerald 🌵🗞 (@kfitz134) July 16, 2020Rovell’s tweet capped a gross couple of days leading up to the Post’s report, with a number of male reporters from other outlets trumpeting their knowledge of a super secret damning Redskins report as if it were an entertainment spectacle. They recklessly participated in hyping up fans without doing their jobs as reporters to convey actual information.Perhaps it’s fitting, then, for the parade of bad tweets to lead straight to the master himself.
Earlier on Opening Day, news broke that Nats star outfielder Juan Soto tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Soto, whose test results came back positive after he was tested two days ago, practiced with the team on the day between, calling into question whether he spread the virus to his teammates.Soto’s positive test paints a harrowing picture of what may be a futile attempt at an MLB season: While it’s appreciated and noble that players will attempt to play, the dangerous effects of the coronavirus may be more than the sport bargained for.MORE: SN exclusive — An interview with an infectious disease specialist on 2020 MLB seasonIn case you forgot, the Nats are beginning their quest to defend their World Series championship, a title miraculously won in seven games vs. the Astros some 47 years ago when Major League Baseball was last played. The Yankees, coming off an ALCS defeat to the Astros, went shopping in the high end of town and came back with Cole, arguably the greatest free-agent pitcher in baseball history.What’s sure to be a wacky, weird, uncomfortable — and maybe even fun — MLB season got underway Thursday. Sporting News had all the pitches for the 2020 MLB season opener covered below.Yankees vs. Nationals live scoreYankees 4, Nationals 110:52 p.m. END OF GAME: Welp, that’s anti-climactic. The game has been called because of inclement whether, and the Yankees take the season opener 4-1.10:37 p.m.: Not good news! Tarp back on the field in D.C.10:26 p.m.: Good news! Tarp is coming off the field in D.C. This one looks like it’ll be finished.10:15 p.m.: Rain in Washington has reportedly stopped, but not much of anything happening in D.C. at the moment.8:54 p.m. RAIN DELAY: Unfortunately, this game is heading to a weather delay with showers hovering over Washington. Yankees are up 4-1, and a reminder that this game is official after five innings.8:44 p.m. END OF FIFTH INNING: Cole strikes out Robles to end the fifth inning. So far, the new Yankees ace looks as advertised. 8:33 p.m.: Gardner strikes out to leave the bases loaded. The Yankees score one.8:30 p.m. YANKEES SCORING PLAY: Giancarlo Stanton laces a hard-hit single to right field, plating Gio Urshela. Yankees up 4-1 in the fifth. Bases loaded, two outs.8:22 p.m.: Runners on first and second, no outs to start the fifth after Tyler Wade bunts for a single.8:17 p.m. END OF FOURTH INNING: Cole just working through the Nats now, getting Eric Thames to fly out to center to end the inning. Cole has allowed one hit, the home run to Eaton, tonight.8:08 p.m.: Scherzer gets Sanchez swinging for his seventh K of the night.8:03 p.m. END OF THIRD INNING: Adam Eaton flies out to right field to end the home half.7:56 p.m.: Stanton strikes out to end the away half of the inning. Yankees score another to lengthen their lead.7:53 p.m. YANKEES SCORING PLAY: Aaron Judge laces a ball to left field. Tyler Wade, flying around the bases, scores from first. Yankees up 3-1. 7:51 p.m.: Tyler Wade walks to start the inning, Aaron Hicks and Aaron Judge up next.7:45 p.m. END OF SECOND INNING: Cole climbs the ladder to get another strikeout, working around the leadoff HBP.7:38 p.m.: Home half of the second underway, and Cole drills Eric Thames. 7:33 p.m.: Scherzer with three straight strikeouts after getting Luke Voit swinging. END OF FIRST INNING: Cole gets a very generous strike call on Howie Kendrick to end the home half. Yankees up 2-1 entering the second.7:26 p.m. NATIONALS SCORING PLAY: Aaaaand it’s gone. Adam Eaton clobbers a pitch to right field, cutting into the Yankee lead. 2-1 Yankees.We Eaton. #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/jCkZbfwNu8— MLB (@MLB) July 23, 20207:25 p.m.: Gerrit Cole looks sharp early on. Oh, yeah, he’s a Yankee now, in case you forgot.7:16 p.m. YANKEES SCORING PLAY: Giancarlo Stanton absolutely demolishes a Max Scherzer pitch, giving the Bombers a 2-0 lead. New York leads 2-0.GIANCARLO STANTON TO THE MOON. pic.twitter.com/mjXXXCPmNf— The Short Porch (@short_porch) July 23, 20207:12 p.m.: Judge laces a single to left, for the first hit of the 2020 season. 7:09 p.m.: First pitch from Scherzer is a ball, and we have baseball in 2020.7 p.m.: Prior to the start of the game, Yankees and Nationals players and staff all took a knee before the start of the national anthem. All members also held a black cloth, whatever that means.6:53 p.m.: Here’s the lineups for the Yankees and Nats tonight as we — finally — get ready for some baseball:Your 2020 #OpeningDay Yankees #NYYforNYPresented by @WeVisitMexico pic.twitter.com/KjEBmqdxMI— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 23, 2020The last time World Series champion Max Scherzer pitched in a game that counted……we won the World Series. #Scherzday // #NATITUDE pic.twitter.com/csWRpmAMUX— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) July 23, 2020 Nothing about the 2020 MLB season is going to be normal, and if Thursday’s Yankees vs. Nationals season opener is any indication, then it’s going to be super not normal.The Yankees took the matchup vs. the Nationals 4-1, but it was a weather-shortened game, called in the top of the sixth inning after a two-hour rain delay. Gerrit Cole looked the part, throwing five innings of one-run, one-hit ball with five strikeouts and a walk in his pinstriped debut.