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This year was strategically a critical one for the Blue Jays. Now, the team's leadership will be left to make some key decisions based off small samples in a season like no other. (TaoofStieb)

As this most unusual season began, amidst a pandemic and labour strife and improvised training camps, most of us still fell back into the tradition and rhythm of fandom. The ballgame started, and we began parsing the events as they unfolded.

This guy is having great at-bats! This guy can’t locate his fastball! This guy makes poor decisions on the basepaths! And that’s probably just the reactions from a single inning. In any normal season, heading into the second month of the schedule would mean that you couldn’t take anything of what you saw too seriously. Baseball’s annual campaign is, as you may have heard, a long season.

Except, obviously, not this year. This year is the one that decades from now, people will spot on someone’s statistical registry with quizzical wonder. Not unlike seeing that the 1919 Stanley Cup was not awarded because of a flu epidemic. As much as seeing baseball return to our screens has helped to return tiny bits of normalcy to our lives, it usually doesn’t take more than a minute before you snap back with some reminder of what a strange enterprise this entire season is: Cardboard fans, piped-in sound, postponed games, so many doubleheaders and seven-inning games, National League designated hitters, improvised realignment, rampant pitcher injuries, expanded playoffs. The game is familiar but the context is anything but.

 

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