Omaha’s boiling temperatures aside, it feels just a bit more like summer today.
After two games Thursday — one in Washington, D.C., and one in California, it’s Major League Baseball’s Opening Day.
Sure, it’s almost four months later than planned. Sure, the season will be only 60 games. Yes, the stands will be empty and a few stars are sitting out the season. And the National League will have the designated hitter. And extra innings will start with a runner on second.
Oddest of all? Dr. Anthony Fauci throwing out the first pitch Thursday in Washington? Crowd sounds piped into empty stadiums, so muted, recorded cheers accompany hits and outs? Take your pick.
The Canadian government, which bans Americans from entering the country during the pandemic, wouldn’t make an exception so the Toronto Blue Jays could play at home. Hey — TD Ameritrade already is home to the Jays — why not? Billy Bluejay would be into it. Alas, MLB’s regional schedule apparently rules it out.
But after four long months with no professional sports, this is a most welcome diversion. We need some fun and something resembling normalcy. Throw a dog on the grill, open a cold one and give a cheer: Baseball season’s underway.
(And the NBA resumes July 30 — isn’t that when the playoffs usually end?)
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