MLB Sans Fans

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Everyone wants to return to normal, but do not be fooled by the return of Major League Baseball games beginning tonight when the New York Yankees visit the World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Dr. Anthony Fauci will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before an empty stadium at Nationals Park in DC. The only way to see the game is to watch it on TV.

Ditto for the Baltimore Orioles when they open their season tomorrow night against the Red Sox in Boston. You can only watch it on TV.

While precautions have been taken to conduct a shortened but safe season doubts still remain about what might happen if several players contract the coronavirus. Doubts even exist as to whether the National Football League will be able to kick off its season in September.

Yet, the return of baseball seems to be a bit of a bright spot during this pandemic. That, despite nearly 145,000 American deaths, a rising infection rate particularly across the south, doubts about the reopening of schools, and the unthinkable COVID-19 infections of 85 Texas babies, will be a test as to whether America can take the precautions necessary to return to normal in some measured way.

The baseball weather will consist of continuing hazy, hot, and humid conditions. Scattered thunderstorms are possible and daytime highs should remain in the 90’s for at least the next couple of days.  There are indications that daytime temps could briefly drop into the upper 80’s on Friday.


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