As the Los Angeles Dodgers are stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak, they are finding creative ways to stay in touch. Dave Roberts updates fans on the team.
Always optimistic, Roberts explained how he is keeping in touch with players using FaceTime, text massaging, and phone calls. However, his coaching staff is being more creative. He said, “with the coaching staff, there is a lot of TikToks going on. So that’s pretty funny.” He admitted to trying out TikTok, himself, from his daughter’s urging.
When asked how the players responded once Spring Training was suspended, Roberts said, “It was very surreal, because everyone was just leaving […] trying to figure out if there would be a season.” He noted how players are creatures of habit and like to know their schedules, so the uncertainty surrounding when, or if, the season will be played is the most challenging part.
During the added downtime, Roberts has been cooking, walking, and catching up on television shows. He’s excited, like many parents, to have his college-aged son home, despite the circumstances.
The last time Roberts was home around this time on the baseball calendar was in 2010 when he was diagnosed with cancer. Obviously, another challenging situation for the former player, but he says he learned from it and never let the situation get him down, a valuable lesson he carries with him in life.
While the health and safety of everyone confronting this virus is most important to Roberts, he is also excited for baseball to act as it always does, as an escape and renewal of hope in the background of difficult situations.
“When you’re talking about people who are losing lives, and baseball as America’s sport, you know, once we get going, and you’re talking about grandparents that are lost, it’s going to be emotional,” Roberts acknowledged. However, he is excited for baseball to play its part in the country’s healing process from the effects of COVID-19.
Roberts closed by expressing gratitude to the fans for their continued support.