Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery takes Post readers behind the scenes as he tries to stay prepared for the 2020 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. As told to Ken Davidoff.
Hello again from Sumter, South Carolina, where I’m amping up my workouts a little bit. I’m getting more optimistic that we’re going to have a baseball season this year after hearing Dr. Anthony Fauci say we could have a season without fans. I don’t think they would release that statement without it being a real possibility. I think it’s going to happen sooner or later.
I have been throwing bullpen sessions once a week and playing catch the other days. I’m going to switch that to a five-day rotation and throw every fifth day. I want to show up for the new spring training as ready as I can be and use that as a refining, not a rushed buildup. I’d rather be overconfident and ready than have the season sneak up on me and not be ready.
I’d be fine with the “Arizona plan” of keeping us all in Phoenix-area hotels and transporting us from there to the ballparks and back. That’s basically what I’m doing now, except we’d be playing baseball. I’d be really excited about it.
Before any plans go into place, though, I know that I’ve been lucky to be home with my family. There’s always someone who needs it more than I do. I want to try to make a difference, and that’s why I made a few donations last week.
1. The coast of South Carolina has been hit really bad by this. Charleston, usually flooded with tourists, is a ghost town. You might see five people walking along the water. Most of the restaurants are shut down or just doing takeout, and many of those waiters and waitresses are out of jobs. I donated to the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina’s COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund. The fund is helping to take care of people from there who are out of work.
2. I donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank’s Coronavirus Response Fund. They are a benefiting partner of Feeding America and are providing non-perishable food for people who aren’t getting meals.
3. I did another one for a Sumter County rent fund through Central Carolina Community Foundation. Hopefully I can take care of a month’s rent for somebody.
I just felt like this was something that I needed to do after everything South Carolina has done for me. I am passionate about my home state. I was born and raised here in Sumter, and I pitched for the University of South Carolina in Columbia. I love the coastal area, and the foundation there also features a matching grant, so my donation will have an even greater impact.