MLB's Plan in Place
by John Jastremski
Jul 04, 2020 | 7146 views | 0 0 comments | 753 753 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the news last week of Major League Baseball announcing, and in many ways imposing, it's 60-game season, I'm sure it brought all sorts of mixed emotions among baseball fans across the country.

I'm sure there were plenty of feelings of anger and frustration for the matter in which the talks were played out in the public and in the media.

I'm sure there were plenty of feelings of happiness and excitement in wishing to see the game we all love back on the field.

And yes, I'm sure for many across the country, the feelings of uncertainty still remain.

In the uncertain world of 2020 and with COVID-19 still a major part of our everyday life, I would imagine there are plenty of people reading this column wondering is it even worth restarting Major League Baseball - and sports for that matter - until there is a vaccine.

My answer is a resounding yes. Our country needs it.

The mental health and overall well being of far too many Americans, myself included, is tied to the daily routine of releasing emotions by watching sporting events.

I'm not suggesting putting players, coaches and training staff members in harm’s way. At this point we all know the statistics, and for those who are at risk, by no means do I suggest they put themselves in a life-threatening position.

That said, from an economic and emotional standpoint, baseball has brought about incredible healing powers over the years, especially in times of crisis and trouble.

Do I have my frustrations with baseball's leadership in getting the game back up and running? Yes.

Are there serious challenges in this post COVID-19 world of getting the games played in a safe and secure manner? No question.

Does it mean that I root against the return of baseball? Not in a million years.

I've already started dreaming about what the end of July could look like. A hot summer's night in our nation's capital with Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer on the mound.

If that doesn't fire you up as a baseball fan, I have to wonder if you're a baseball fan to begin with.

Yes it will be different. And make no mistake, a 60-game season will be unlike anything you have seen before.

But I miss watching Aaron Judge and Pete Alonso hit bombs. I love watching DJ LeMahieu and Jeff McNeil spray line drives all over the diamond.

Oh, and I can't wait to see Gerrit Cole don those Yankee pinstripes.

When you ask me if it is even worth playing a 60-game season, I don't hesitate in giving you an answer. Some baseball is better than no baseball at all.

I'm dreaming of that late July night cracking open a cold one and kicking off 2020's campaign on the diamond in the most bizarre and unique way imaginable.

Let's hope that dream becomes a weird reality in less than a month.

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