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The Houston Astros can finally take off their masks after they’ve reportedly reached the ’85 percent player vaccination threshold.’ But most importantly: Astros manager Dusty Baker can bring back the dugout toothpicks!
Live your best life, Dusty.
New story: Astros set to reach 85 percent threshold in coronavirus vaccinations, which means protocols will be lessened beginning Monday.https://t.co/RHYDBURTVL— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 9, 2021
No masks in the dugout for the Astros beginning today means Dusty Baker is breaking his toothpick back out.— Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) May 10, 2021
“I’ve got a whole case of them,” he said.
“I’ve got a whole case of them,” Baker said.
What’s interesting is that Yankees assistant coach Phil Nevin tested positive for COVID yesterday, even though he has been vaccinated. So why do the Astros feel so confident that the same can’t happen to Dusty Baker? The 71-year-old would be considered “at risk,” yet baseball treats the vaccine like a cure. It makes no scientific sense, but have any of these protocols?
Touching the same baseballs, using the same bathroom in the clubhouse, and suddenly all systems go? We won’t question it because we want to see Dusty Baker make a decision to coach without fear. We’re just saying that Baker should’ve been rocking the toothpicks on Opening Day, if that’s what he wanted to do.