Twitch has become a way for fans to interact with athletes during these times of COVID-19. Rays ace pitcher Blake Snell was answering questions on the social media platform when the topic of playing for a reduced salary was brought up and Snell did not hold back.
“I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay? And that’s just the way it is for me. Like, I’m sorry you guys think differently, but the risk is way the hell higher and the amount of money I’m making is way lower, why would I think about doing that? Like you know, I’m just, I’m sorry.”
Snell did send text messages to the Tampa Bay Times later and said that he understood that his comments come off as greedy but, "that's not the case at all" and his concerns are more about health and safety.
Via Tampa Bay Times:
“I mean, honestly, it’s just scary to risk my life to get COVID-19 as well as not knowing and spreading it to others,” he said via text. “I just want everyone to be healthy and get back to our normal lives ’cause I know I miss mine!”