TAMPA — Considering what baseball players do every day, Zack Britton doesn’t know how to keep the coronavirus away from the game.
“We all touch the same baseball,” the Yankees reliever said Tuesday morning ahead of the Red Sox-Yankees exhibition game at Steinbrenner Field. “It will be tricky.”
With one of the first two cases of the virus in Florida a Hillsborough County (Steinbrenner Field’s location) resident, the virus has moved close to the Yankees’ winter home.
“The worst thing that could happen is somebody in here gets sick because of the close contact we have with each other,” Britton said in the clubhouse where players acknowledged each other with fist bumps. “At the same time somebody from the other team has it …”
Britton said the ball is center stage.
“Think about the baseball, how many guys touch the baseball when it gets put in play,” Britton said. “The umpire, the pitcher, the catcher, back to the pitcher and you throw it around and every infielder touches it.”
Britton understands the severity of the issue.
“Obviously we know it can be deadly. It is something we have to be aware of. Just don’t know how to combat it in our sport where everyone is touching the same ball,” Britton said.