Today must have been Opening Day, however like apparently everything else worldwide, those plans have been scrapped due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Why it matters: Football and basketball may be more popular sports, however the baseball season is perhaps the most engrained in American life, with the 162- video game campaign supplying a particular rhythm to the spring and summertime.
When Opening Day shows up, it appeals to all of the senses. For me, I keep in mind playing catch with my father and consuming sunflower seeds in little league. I can nearly smell the newly cut grass at the ballpark and hear the organ music blaring.
But this year, instead of home runs and hotdogs, we have closed door meetings and settlements, as the league attempts to chart a path forward through the great unidentified. Seven-inning doubleheaders anyone?
Above: On April 7, 1969, Washington Senators supervisor Ted Williams (left) joined President Richard Nixon and Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn before POTUS tossed out the first pitch at RFK Arena in Washington.
- Pete Rose: “I ‘d walk through hell in a fuel fit to play baseball.”
- Hall of Famer Roger Hornsby: “People ask me what I perform in winter season when there’s no baseball. I’ll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait on spring.”
- Journalist Mike Barnicle: “That is among the terrific presents of this, the best of all games, baseball: it allows you, still, to lose yourself in a dream, to feel and remember a season of life when summertime never ever seemed to die.”
To fill the void: MLB is relaying 30 timeless games throughout its various platforms today, consisting of digital streaming and social networks. Each group is included in at least one game.