States like Texas, Florida, and Georgia’s Republican leadership scoffed at early prevention measures like mask mandates and shutting down indoor businesses. Since the initial wave of the pandemic hit our country in February, March, and April, these states have seen exploding numbers. Over the last two weeks however, Texas has surged to a positivity rate of 10.72%. The national average is 6.6%. Testing site in El Paso, TX, on Oct. 23, 2020More than 29 million people live in Texas. The state’s cases per 100,000 population is 3,269.84. By comparison, California—home to more than 39 million people—has a rate of 2,371.56 cases per 100,000.Three days ago, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tweeted: “The County is currently working on creating more space at our Medical Examiner’s Office parking lot so that we can get a 3rd mobile morgue unit. If that doesn’t put our situation into perspective I don’t know what will.” NPR reports that as of Nov. 3, it looks like El Paso has added a fourth “mobile morgue.” This is because as COVID-19 cases surge, death rates go up. They go up because resources and access for people become stretched thin, and Americans pay for this lack of infrastructure and leadership.- Advertisement – Will this reality have any effect on the close races of Republican duds like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas? It remains to be seen, but he has clearly felt the shift in his state from complacency to anger. – Advertisement –
Sporting News writer Ryan Fagan traveled through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two Minutes With …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Kyle Freeland | Jo Adell | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Jonny Venters | Steve Cishek | Chris Iannetta | Cal Quantrill | Ben Gamel | Robert Stock Cam Bedrosian’s freaky eye-shake will haunt your dreams.The inside story: https://t.co/muX5H9mB66 pic.twitter.com/EX59pzobw9— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) March 13, 2019Did you have a job before baseball?BEDROSIAN: Just baseball. I was the youngest of three brothers, so my dad once he was playing baseball, he pretty much coached me. So I was the one that was traveling all year round, play year-round, doing all baseball stuff.What’s best purchase you’ve ever made? BEDROSIAN: I don’t know. A shotgun for duck hunting, maybe?Do you have any favorite Twitter follows?BEDROSIAN: Not really. I’m trying to think of favorites. Nobody comes to mind as my favorite. Just like keeping up on the news. I don’t watch the TV, basically ever — I mean, I watch Netflix or shows, but I don’t watch the news news. Twitter’s basically how I get my news. Up now: Angels reliever Cam BedrosianWhat’s one of your first baseball memories?BEDROSIAN: Oh, man. When I was little, my dad played for the Braves. I was just a baby, being at Fulton County Stadium, and I just vividly remember one game we were sitting down the third-base line and I was looking out to the pen. I remember that. That’s probably one of the earliest ones. I was only 2 or 3, maybe. Your dad had a great beard. Is that something you aspire to? BEDROSIAN: Sure, sure. He’s actually, I think he’s won some awards, not official awards, but fan-voted awards for having a good beard. Someone once said he had the same kind of beard as one of those famous opera singers. But, yeah, it’s just something I’ve always been able to grow since I was in high school, and I always liked beards. What’s the last show you binge-watched?BEDROSIAN: “Vikings.” I’m actually watching it now. I’ve already watched all of it and I’m going back here with my buddy Nick Tropeano. We’re starting it back over so we can catch up. I’m trying my hardest not to give spoilers. He keeps asking me what’s going on. Half of it I remember, and half of it I don’t, so I don’t want to spoil it for him. What’s the most embarrassing injury you’ve ever had? BEDROSIAN: I broke my arm when I was little. I jumped off the bunk bed. I thought I was Superman. I had a cape on. I jumped off and I just fell right into a wooden shoe box down below, right on my right arm. I guess what it was was that I didn’t have enough running room to get the right start. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNDo you have any superstitions? BEDROSIAN: Not really. The only thing that really comes to mind is just going over the line with my right foot. Right foot over the line, always. What’s your favorite free-time activity? BEDROSIAN: In the offseason, I like to duck hunt. I didn’t get to do a whole lot of this year, for one reason or another. Just didn’t really get to it. Don’t really have any favorite kinds. Mallards are, I guess you could say, the trophy ducks. But I’m good with whatever’s there that day. It’s always fun to see what shows up that day. In different parts of the country, you get different birds. In Georgia, there aren’t a whole lot of ducks, so I’ll go more in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas. I was going to go out to Oregon, but ended up having to cancel that trip. Thought that would have been pretty cool, because I’ve never done anything out in the northwest like that. I’ve done it here in Arizona.What’s one talent you’d most like to have?BEDROSIAN: I would like to be able to play a fiddle or a violin or something like that. Any instrument would be cool. But if I had to pick, it’d be one of those.What’s your most useless talent? BEDROSIAN. I can shake my eyes. (he shakes his eyes). I say that’s kind of useless.