In a virtual roundtable with SiriusXM host (and former major leaguer) Ryan Spilborghs this week, Washington Nationals’ lefty Patrick Corbin (who joined the Cincinnati Reds’ Trevor Bauer & Kansas City Royals’ Whit Merrifield) talked about what he’s missed with baseball still shut down while everyone is at home waiting out the coronavirus pandemic.
“I think we were looking forward to getting up to D.C., showing off the banner, and getting our World Series rings,” Corbin said, echoing the sentiments of some teammates from the defending World Series champions who have said that they wanted to celebrate with fans back in the nation’s capital before moving forward with the 2020 season.
“That’s something that we wanted to do in front of our fans that we know we’re going to have to wait,” the southpaw added.
Corbin said that he does, of course, also miss competing against some of the best players in the world.
“The competition part, obviously, we all love that, but yeah, hopefully things can get turned around, and things get better soon, and players are open to anything.”
Once they get word that baseball is ready to ramp back up towards some sort of a season, Corbin said, he doesn’t think it will take him that long to get up to speed.
He’s throwing his slider, (which he threw 37% of the time in his first season in Washington last year), so he can keep it sharp after ramping up before Spring Training was shut down and the start of the regular season was postponed in mid-March.
“I’m trying to throw them still now just to keep the spin down,” Corbin explained, “... but I was built up to four innings, I threw the last day before we got shut down. I took about a week and a half off, my back was bothering me a little bit, and picked up a baseball right after that and felt fine. I feel like I’d be able to go out there throw a bullpen here and get things rolling pretty fast.
“So just trying to stay active, trying to just move your arm every day, and do something, and I think we were all built up to where we were getting close to the season, so I think it’s going to be a quick turnaround for us to stay in shape for baseball.”
Check out a clip of Corbin, Bauer, and Merrifield talking about what they miss without any games being played right now below...
[ed. note - “Sirius/XM subscribers can listen to the whole roundtable on demand through the Sirius/XM app.”]
"What do you miss about the season?"@WhitMerrifield: Camaraderie@BauerOutage: Competition@PatrickCorbin46: Showing off World Series rings— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) April 27, 2020
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BONUS: Corbin also talked about the quarantine haircut he started and his wife finished for him, which ... well, it’s starting to grow back at least:
“My wife cut my hair, so ... it’s growing back. It was terrible. A couple other guys got their hair cut, so my wife tried it for the first time.”
“We Amazon’d some clippers. I think I screwed it up at first. I took the guard off it, tried trimming up the sides a little bit, and went a little short, and she tried fading it up, and it was a complete mess, I posted some photos of it, and kind of just made a joke out of it, but it’s starting to grow back.”
"You only get a certain window in time to compete at this level, and it's not that long. So, you miss it."@WhitMerrifield, with @BauerOutage @PatrickCorbin46 @SpillyGoat1 on life without baseball, AVAILABLE NOW on the @SiriusXM app— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) April 27, 2020
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