by WorldTribune Staff / 247 Real News July 13, 2022
Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto, who has refused to take the Covid vaccine, did not make the trip for a two-game series in Toronto this week due to Canada’s mandate that all travelers be vaccinated.
“It’s an extremely unfortunate situation,” Realmuto told reporters on Monday. “I’m a healthy 31-year-old professional athlete. I just didn’t feel a need to get it. I’ve had Covid a couple times, super-mild symptoms, back when it first came out.
“When it came time to decide whether I needed the vaccine or not, talking to doctors that I knew and told them my story, I decided I didn’t think I needed it. I wasn’t going to take it just because I was told, basically. What’s money? I’m not going to let Canada tell me what I do and don’t do with my body. For a little bit of money, it’s just not worth it.”
Phillies Alec Bohm, Aaron Nola and Kyle Gibson were also unable to make the trip north of the border due to Canada’s vax mandate, but those three players were not expected to play while Realmuto was.
Last month, the Minnesota Twins placed four players on Major League Baseball’s restricted list ahead of a series in Toronto against the Blue Jays.
Those players include outfielder Max Kepler and pitchers Caleb Thielbar, Emilio Pagán and Trevor Megill. All four individuals are reportedly unvaccinated.