— Stuart Smalley What the heck are we doing here?
Are Rob Manfred and Tony Clark still curse the day, the other was born? Are the owners crying poverty? The players are they still lathered on their counterpart of the mistakes of the last decade?
Or can we pay attention to what is really going on in our screwed up country?
Forget 60 games, 70 games, 48 games. How about the zero games? How about Major League Baseball and the Players Association of MLB calling a time-out, in the wake of increasing bad news on the coronavirus to the front, to investigate the more tangible of the different ways to honour its status as a social institution in addition to debate?
How do you honor this MLB statement, made on 7 April: “the health and safety of our employees, players, fans and the general public are of paramount importance, and we are not ready at this time to approve a particular format for directing light of the rapid evolution of the situation of the public health caused by the coronavirus.”
That should still hold, right? The pandemic has not disappeared since. He has just moved to the states that adhere to the “cure can’t be worse than the disease” of the waste. Two of these states, Arizona and Florida, followed by mantra and the re-opening aggressively, and lo and behold, they have lost a good part of the activity, the Saturday MLB and its teams, taking note of the surge in numbers in the Cactus and Grapefruit League homes, has decided to keep all the “spring training,” in the cases where they actually occur, at their respective home stadiums, in new york. Govt. Andrew Cuomo personally to announce the news on the Yankees and the Mets. Amazing, isn’t it, that our local squadrons would be safer in The Bronx and Queens to Tampa and Port Saint Lucie?
To emphasize that reality, The Post’s George A. King III reported on Saturday that four Yankees employees, all based at the organization’s Tampa office, had been tested positive for the coronavirus. That came a day after the announcement of the epidemic, the Phillies in nearby Clearwater and scare with the toronto Blue Jays in nearby Dunedin, as well as one of the Giants in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Suddenly, the suspense of how the PA’s executive board will be called to vote on the owners ‘ 60-game concept feels as ephemeral as the last 10 minutes of a “Bull” of the episode. Each of the 38 members of the board of directors shall receive a ballot with these choices: 1) Yes; 2) No 3) It makes no Difference. (It will very probably Not, actually.)
This headache just typing exclusively baseball. The NBA’s bubble plan for the World of Disney does not air any test because of problems in the Sunshine State, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, universally respected director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has publicly expressed his doubt about the viability of the NFL this fall. Athletes from around the world are contracting COVID, and before you spout statistics about the unlikelihood of people in this age group dying from this disease, I would like to offer you a case of pneumonia. Go ahead, try it! How bad can it be?
My humble proposal: press the pause button on these interviews, at least until the 30 clubs permission to reopen their complex development. This could be as little as a few days. Just take a moment to recognize the gravity of this situation and, consequently, the folly of these tense negotiations over money — and use the down time to resume the type of activities of the two sides in March and April: in Thanking the first responders, the support, the people who have lost their jobs, speaking to the ticket holders of the ” reimbursement concerns, and so on. Do something good for the world.
If the pandemic gets worse, as the season was not supposed to be, anyway. Maybe in time, without a 50ish-game of the season, featuring the bells and whistles, such as tie games and a 16-team playoff, fans would be to forget the way the player-owner of the tension turned into a dumpster fire, threatening the sport’s viability.
Because at this point, it offends the sense of getting excited about a training camp in the Big Apple. To deny the suffering that continues for the most. To concentrate on anything besides the same crisis that has put us here in the first place.