It all happened so fast. Tidal waves in rapid succession shut down professional sports within a span of about 48 hours. First came the clubhouse and locker room closures. Panic struck later that night when Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, sparking sports to shutter its doors indefinitely.
All of baseball, locked into spring training’s home stretch, was suddenly pushed under a national directive to stop, be safe, take shelter and go home.
The frightening and abrupt orders threw a wrench in the Oakland Athletics’ 2020 momentum — what was supposed to be a stars-aligned season — but there was a silver lining for outfielder Mark Canha and his wife, Marci.