Major League Baseball’s coronavirus delayed baseball season got started on Thursday, July 23rd with players lining up for a ceremonial knee at designated ballparks in an act of solidarity with the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement. Both games took place at surprisingly empty baseball stadiums, an eerie contrast to the usually celebratory mood associated with the first day of baseball season considered as America’s national pastime.
It was the first game of the baseball season 2020, which opened at 1 p.m. ET in New York City and went on without incident or interruption. The second game in Atlanta followed the same procedure. Many fans were disappointed that their teams didn’t have time to play in those empty stadiums after they left early, but they would have been surprised by the turnout: thousands of people lined up in the dark, many of whom were there to support the team’s players. Even if it was only for a couple of hours, it still represented the largest baseball game of the year.
This, of course, is just the start of what promises to be an exciting season for Major League baseball. Meanwhile, the possibility that the baseball season will continue through October may seem like a real possibility. Some fans are worried that ongoing pandemic might affect the availability of some players. But fans should also remember that even when a player is not in the lineup, that team is still playing. It is important that the excitement of the season isn’t taken for granted, as it is the main driving force behind a long season.