Opening Day Amid COVID-19

Yesterday was Opening Day. It was a beautiful day for a ball game. But, “there was no joy in Mudville.” For anyone who looks forward to Opening Day every year, this has to be a surreal feeling of suspense deferred. Although we’ve been without Baseball for a couple of weeks now. On Wednesday March 11, “USA Today” reported The World Health Organization declared that the spread of COVID-19 has become a pandemic after the disease was first detected in China during December and quickly spread to more than 100 locations around the world.

Within 48 hours, virtually every major sports event, concert, and every other mass gathering in the U.S. started to announce postponements. As MLB made its news the following afternoon, there were three 1:05 PM games underway. Adding to the suspended animation were announcers that didn’t really acknowledge suspended regular season and there were players doing elbow bumps in the dugout, instead of hand shakes and high fives.

Vin Scully was the voice of the Dodgers for 67 YEARS (1949-2016), starting very young in Brooklyn and outlasting so many others in Los Angeles. He came back with a message with “LA Times” on You Tube. After hearing his perspective on what we’re all living today, you can’t help walking away with a sense of hope. In the mean time, the game of life is playing itself out on the bigger stage. Something as minuet as a virus has taken hold of every aspect of our daily lives.

We’re sorting through this new day that has us rethinking what essential is, discovering what vulnerable means. Its ironic that we watch athletes and artists perform and at the highest level in a test of the human spirit. Now, the spectator is tested in social distancing as an act of saving others, a more significant test of the human spirit.

No one really knows when Baseball resumes. The COVID-19 will tell us. Of course, the quarantine leaves a lot of room for speculation. ESPN’s Jeff Passan first reported yesterday of an agreement with some guidelines for the 2020 Season. Players would be given credit for a full season. The length of the season will entirely depend upon recommendations from the both sides. They hope to play a minimum of 100 games. Weekly doubleheaders, regular-season games in October and neutral-site World Series games in November, COVID-19 permitting.

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