For baseball writer Molly Knight, COVID-19 has been a ‘nightmare’

Molly Knight has loved baseball since she was a kid, so going to the All-Star Game at Dodgers Stadium in her hometown of Los Angeles was a treat. The national baseball writer wasn’t there for work, just for fun.

Knight has been cautious since the start of the pandemic. It was the first baseball game she had attended in 2022. She felt safe at an outdoor event with her pregnant sister. She was vaccinated and boosted. Moreover, the The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said face masks are no longer necessary.

Under those conditions, in a cruel twist, Knight suspects she caught COVID-19 at the All-Star Game last month.

“We had a great time,” she told Awful Announcing. “I wrote about what a perfect day it wasthen I fell seriously ill three days later.

Knight, who previously worked for ESPN and The Athletic, chronicled his health issues on Substack. Last summer, she joined the online platform to go it alone with an email newsletter called The long game. She writes primarily about baseball. She never thought she would detail the debilitating effects of the coronavirus.

“It’s been a fucking nightmare,” said Knight, who tested positive on July 22.

At first, symptoms included vomiting, sore throat and fever. Bad, but nothing alarming. After 10 days she tested negative and felt better. But later, after recording a podcast, she felt like she was passing out and “everything was spinning and I couldn’t walk”.

Over four days, Knight visited the emergency room twice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and once for urgent care. She was examined for a stroke, a blood clot and a heart attack. He was diagnosed with dizziness and a sinus infection. Both turned out to be incorrect.

What was clear was that Knight had an abnormal heartbeat and suffered from severe dizziness, extreme nausea and persistent vomiting.

“There were a few times where I thought I was dying,” Knight said. “It was really frustrating. I had to go through a lot alone because they wouldn’t let people come back with me due to COVID.

Knight added: “I felt really angry. ‘Why me?’ Then also ‘Why not me?’ More than a million Americans have died from it. Yet some people still think it’s the flu. It’s not the flu. »

It took a while, but Knight got answers from a cardiologist. She was diagnosed with POTS-like symptoms. The acronym stands for postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. It has been linked to COVID. According to the Johns Hopkins website, POTS can affect the autonomic nervous systemwhich regulates functions such as heart rate, blood pressure, sweating and body temperature.

Interestingly, Knight had suspected POTS after collecting his symptoms on Twitter.

“This man who lives in Australia slipped into my DMs and was like, ‘Oh my God, you got exactly what my wife had. It’s called POTS,'” she said.

Knight is now taking heart medication. She said her cardiologist is optimistic about her recovery. Of course, there are no guarantees. Moreover, the drugs she takes, Corlanor, is not covered by his insurance. According to GoodRx.com, a 30-day supply can cost $600.

All of this was difficult for the New York Times bestselling author. Knight typically writes 3-4 times a week on Substack. Since falling ill, she has only written twice in the past month.



2022 has been a tough year for Knight.

In March, Trevor Bauer filed a defamation lawsuit against her and The Athletic over coverage of assault allegations. The suit claims that Knight and The Athletic “defamed Mr. Bauer by creating and spreading the false account that Mr. Bauer fractured the Complainant’s skull.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against Bauer. However, Major League Baseball suspended Bauer for 324 games due to a violation of MLB’s domestic violence policy. Bauer is attractive the two-year suspension.

Knight declined to comment on the lawsuit.

She hopes to resume writing regularly as soon as the brain fog and fatigue subside. Baseball’s regular season is entering its stretch phase and the playoffs are just over a month away.

Knight is grateful for the support she has received from family, friends, colleagues and her online community. Yet, after avoiding COVID for two and a half years, this experience worries him.

“I don’t know what the message is,” Knight said. “I’m really concerned that we’re measuring this pandemic by deaths, which of course it’s a good thing that deaths are going down. I’m just worried that a lot of people are temporarily or permanently disabled. We don’t address that.

[Molly Knight on Substack; photo from Knight’s appearance on Inside Sports in January]