Are You Ready for Some Baseball?
Tomorrow, Thursday July 23rd, is Opening Day of the shortened 2020 Major League Baseball season.
The season will open with the New York Yankees visiting the World Champion Washington Nationals at 7:08. There's only one other game on the docket for tomorrow and that's the Giants at the Dodgers. The Mets will open up their season hosting the Braves Friday afternoon at 4:10.
I think a lot of people are looking forward to having live baseball again. A lot of people will look at it as entertainment to help curve the boredom they are dealing with while a lot of other activities are still on hold due to Covid-19.
For me, I don't really care. See when I was younger, I loved baseball. I loved playing it and I would watch any game that was on TV as long as it was a close game. When I was really young I was a Mets fan because everybody in my family were Mets fans. Around the age of 9 I became a Phillies fan much to the chagrin of my parents.
I love baseball for all the chess matches that go on during the game. One of those little games inside the game is whether or not to pinch hit for the pitcher, of to let him bat so he could continue pitching in the game. But, I believe both the American and National Leagues are going to use designated hitters this year, which takes that chess match away.
When it comes to Major League Baseball, I find it to be boring. I don't think most of the players in pro baseball give it 100%, probably because they are afraid they're going to get hurt. I used to love the players that hustled, the ones that would dive headfirst for a fly ball, the ones that would run full speed into the wall to make a catch. You don't see that as much anymore.
After the last baseball strike, which was many years ago, I stopped following baseball. I still have to keep up with it a little bit so I can do sports in the morning here on the Whale, but I don't follow it nearly as closely as I used to. Honestly I would rather go watch a Little League game than a Major League baseball game, because at least those kids are giving it their all.
I do miss going to NYSEG Stadium to see the Rumble Ponies however. I felt those guys were giving 100% as well because they wanted to make it to the show. And without minor league baseball in Binghamton this year due to the Covid-19 19 pandemic, I won't be watching much baseball at all.
I'll probably tune in tomorrow night just to see what it looks like without fans in attendance, but I'm sure by the third inning I'll be bored out of my mind.
How about you? Are you excited about baseball's return, or could you care less?