While you’ve been staying home to stay healthy, so have your favorite baseball players. With games on hold, we caught up with current and former Tacoma Rainiers to learn what exercises they’re doing to stay in shape, what games they’re playing to stay entertained, and what dishes they’re cooking up to keep their bodies in tip top shape while in shelter.
Tim Lopes made his Major League debut in 2019 with the Seattle Mariners. The former 6th round draft pick was R Offensive Player of the Year with a .302 batting average, 60 RBI and 26 steals in 95 games with the Rainiers. Here’s what the Los Angeles native has been up to from home.
Q: How are you staying in shape for the return of baseball?
A: Home workouts, and my best friend has a batting cage that’s been available to me.
Q: What movies or TV shows have you been watching?
A: Breaking Bad, Ozark, and Law & Order SVU
Q: What games are you playing?
A: For video games, Call of Duty and MLB The Show 20. I love video games that you get to be competitive with friends and people around the world. As for board games, I’ve been playing Scattergories and Code Names. I just always enjoy games that bring family together around the table.
Tim is competing in Seattle’s MLB The Show “Player vs. Fan Tournament” and cruised through round one.
Q: Which teammate would you want to be quarantined with?
A: I would have to go with Braden Bishop. He’s been one of my closest friends in baseball. We’ve lived together for the past few years and the dude can cook and make the best cup of coffee out there.
Q: Which current or former Major League player NOT with the Mariners would you want to be quarantined with?
A: Probably Derek Jeter. I’ve always been a huge fan of his and I’ve always admired who he is on and off the field.
Q: What’s your message to high school and college seniors who missed out on their last season?
A: I would tell them to try and enjoy this time at home with family. After high school and college you don’t get much of that anymore, so that’s something that shouldn’t be taken for granted. I know not having that final season is a real bummer but I would try and look at the good things that we still have.
About the Tacoma Rainiers
The Tacoma Rainiers are the Triple-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners. Tacoma has been a member of the Pacific Coast League since Cheney Stadium opened in 1960, and has been a Mariners affiliate since establishing the Rainiers moniker in 1995.
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More information on social distancing and how to prevent the spread of Covid-19 can be found at Tacoma-Pierce County Health. The most up-to-date information on how COVID-19 is affecting events at Cheney Stadium can be found here.