'Spring is here, but baseball — alas — is not,' writes tylerkepner, on what would have been opening day. 'Those plans, like seemingly everything else in the world, have been scrambled by the coronavirus pandemic.'
Instead of red, white and blue bunting and crowds flooding ballparks, we have players holed up in homes and endless questions about when baseball will return. When it does, it will be more important than ever.Noah Syndergaard undergoes Tommy John surgery, because the Mets are still the Mets. The opening day we expected is gone: the traditional parade in Cincinnati; the afternoon chill of the games in the Midwest and Northeast; the red, white and blue bunting along the facing of mezzanines; the ace-versus-ace matchups in 15 ballparks. The natural rhythms of the pastime are off. Alex Trautwig/MLB, via Getty Images The Mets’ Citi Field on opening day, 2018. Citi Field this week. “You get so close to opening day and the start of the season and it’s not here,” Yankees Manager Aaron Boone said on Wednesday. “All the work that goes into that, that’s disappointing. That’s frustrating. But you also temper it with: This is all bigger than me and us and baseball.” Instead of games, we have negotiations, as the players and the owners try to account for service time in case the season never takes place. If a season is played, myriad details would have to be sorted: When would it start, how many games would be played and when would it end? Could there be more doubleheaders, with each game lasting only seven innings, minor league style? Perhaps neutral-site postseason games stretching into November, and maybe beyond? It is all under consideration as baseball, like every other industry, plunges into the great unknown. As fans, we can dive into new baseball books — “The Wax Pack” by Brad Balukjian, “Swing Kings” by Jared Diamond, “Buzz Saw” by Jesse Dougherty, and more. We can sharpen our knowledge from the trove of trivia quizzes on Sporcle . And we can hop into the YouTube time machine and pull up a game from the past. For its part, MLB Network is gamely simulating opening day on Thursday with a marathon of five past openers, from noon to midnight, and M.L.B. will stream 30 games on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube — one classic game for each club. But even that fun is tinged with the uncertainty of the present. There’s a rookie Derek Jeter in 1996, punctuating his first opener with a home run for the Yankees in Cleveland. Jeter is scheduled for induction to the Hall of Fame in July, but will it be safe to cram 80,000 people into cozy Cooperstown, N.Y.? There’s Madison Bumgarner in 2017, homering twice for the San Francisco Giants in Arizona. , but when will he actually take the mound in Sedona red? Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images The Chicago White Sox’s Guaranteed Rate Field on opening day, 2018. Guaranteed Rate Field this week. Every other season, opening day lines up well with the words of George Costanza, that infamous former Yankees executive: “Spring! Rejuvenation! Rebirth! Everything’s blooming, all that crap!” This year, the flowers may have already bloomed by the time the games start, and it might even be summer. But when baseball returns — if it does — opening day will represent more than usual, a powerful signal that we can all resume our comfortable routines. No other sport serves as such a daily companion for its fans: at the ballpark, on TV, radio or smartphone, even just somewhere in the background. “Our job when we come back, ultimately, is going to be bigger than the game and all of us as well,” Boone said. “As we’ve seen throughout time, sports can play a role in the healing, a diversion, a distraction, a sense of normalcy.” We need baseball out there beyond our windows. Until it returns, we are all Rogers Hornsby. James Wagner contributed reporting. Read more: The New York Times
TylerKepner Baseball is not closed OpeningDayAtHome TylerKepner Who cares. Sports should not be an Idol of Worship. Communities u live in need you. Most dont even know local politicians. Or vote. But complain TylerKepner It'll be back soon. As soon as you report this: TylerKepner everything’s gonna b ok ⚾️
Day 15 without sports 😭: It's impossible to ignore the Opening Day that isn'tFor years, the intersection of baseball's opening day and March Madness culminated in what many considered the Greatest Day Ever. Not so this year. Try not being able to do what you love anymore and to keep u same because you have no partner or family to love for over 4yrs cos u cant afford it anymore, sitting at home mostly alone everyday then tell me how it is.. Yeah, right. Some people need to get themselves new priority's.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't optimistic about 162-game season'My optimistic outlook is that at some point in May we'll be gearing back up. We'll have to make a determination depending on what the precise date is as to how much of a preparation period we need,' Manfred said in an interview on ESPN. Am looking for a reliable source sugar baby that i can trust and spoil with money and college needed with many other stuffs needed Yeah, right. He has no clue what is going on. None. Like this is important right now..no idea😡
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