Baseball's back — or so they say at this moment — and it's in a precarious position

I’m still not sure that I’ll believe it until I actually see it but it seems a baseball season will happen, or something approximating a baseball season.

Best of luck to ‘em but I think this, more than any other restart or start-up of any other sport, is doomed to failure.

Don’t get me wrong. I’d love for it to happen. It’s a great game, a lovely way to spend a lost summer or fall afternoon or evening and something about a 60-game season makes me think the games are going to be much more significant every day and that’s a good thing.

It ain’t gonna work.

I don’t think, in this time in that country to the south of us that opening up 30 major league parks in areas with such different levels in the number of coronavirus cases and some cities and states where the governments are simply ignoring medical advice and evidence in what they demand of the population is too fraught with peril makes any sense at all.

Too many variables, too many risks, too many differences in approach to make it remotely safe enough to think that over the course of two and half months or so that things won’t go entirely off the rails.

I fear so many players will get sick that it will decimate too many rosters and eventually create so many problems that they will be too numerous to overcome. I hope that’s not the case but it’s hard to believe that involving that many people in that many cities with that much travel will work over almost three months.

It’s why I think basketball and to a slightly lesser extent hockey have a chance to succeed, a point we’ll delve into in greater detail as the time gets closer.

Suffice it to say for now that trying to keep everyone in one or two spots and strictly controlling both access and egress and the amount of interaction with the real world makes far more sense than opening 30 or so facilities and flying hither and yon across North America.

I don’t know for sure what the answer would have been for baseball because of the sheer magnitude of the sport and its games. Maybe a central location or two would have worked and it might have presented a better chance at success but the two most logical locations would have been Florida and Arizona and, well, yikes to that.

Forget all the histrionics of the tiresomely public “negotiations” that got us this point. I don’t think the decision that ownership ended up imposing on the game is going to work.

And that’s too bad because I would welcome the game back.

Of course, I think the overlords who have apparently decided for this year that the 10th inning of every game will begin with a runner put on second base should be banished from the sport forever but that’s an entirely separate point.

Black Lives Matter.

Know that. Live that. Understand that.

Very brief word out of Fort Myers yesterday was nothing untoward going on with the Raptors, some COVID-19 testing, much staying away from The People and some of the small group workouts that the NBA is starting to allow as it ramps up to next week’s rather full resumption of activity.

It was basically the same league-wide, with reports of some positive test results – more are going to be come, believe me on that – and at least three players – Washington’s Davis Bertans, Portland’s Trevor Ariza and Avery Bradley of the Lakers – have decided against playing. Ariza and Bradley have family concerns that trump all, Bertans doesn’t want to take the risk going into his free agency and that’s all well and good. Hard choices, I imagine, but not ones that should be held against them.

By all indications, there are no Raptors who plan to take a pass on the Bubble Season and we don’t know about any of their test results yet but things certainly are moving forward.

Good luck to ‘em.

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Well, here we go.

A bit of a personal note because today’s the day the lid gets peeled back a little bit on The Centre Of The Known Universe, aka Mississauga and whoop-dee-damn-doo.

It’s great news for the economy and it’s great news for our collective psyches and it’s absolutely great news for a bloke like me who misses his friends in The Place With The Stools (hello, JA Square One!) and someone who needs to make an appointment at the first possible moment to get this unruly mop atop his head shorn off.

But just because some more things are open today doesn’t mean any of us can forget the need to do all things we’ve had to do for months.

Wear masks. Stay a safe distance away. Don’t be knuckleheads and ruin it for so very many of us who remain at risk.

I’m glad we’re in Phase 2, I just hope we all remain sensible enough to understand this thing is far from over and setbacks are going to be devastating.

Don’t screw it up.

Please.

Don’t screw it up.

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