Overall, sports, including baseball, are really insignificant. It doesn’t matter which team wins or loses. So, why does each cancellation carry so much disappointment?
Post after post has been made about how COVID-19 has put sports into perspective. And intellectually I get it, I really do. In the grand scheme of things, sports are really insignificant.
In the end, it doesn’t matter which team wins or loses. It has zero impact on my life. But if that’s the case, why does each cancellation and each delay carry so much disappointment? Why am I left on the couch missing baseball?
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It leaves me feeling empty inside as if somethings missing. The disappointment is comparable to everything else in my life that has been affected.
Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not as if I haven’t been affected by the outbreak. I was scheduled to fly back to the United States today (March 19). Now my employer has decided it’s better if I just ride it out in Germany for the next 60 days.
So, my wife’s parents, who she hasn’t seen in 9 months, and my grandparents who I haven’t seen in over 2 years and have yet to meet my one-year-old daughter, are going to have to wait a little longer.
The house I just bought sits empty. All while I enjoy life in a hotel with my wife and three kids for a while. In a hotel room with a bunch of people, some sports would be nice.
But when the NBA season got postponed the writing was on the wall. Then went the NHL. And finally, our beloved MLB fell too. Now as I sit in my hotel room all I want is to turn on a game, ANY game. But alas there are none. There’s no escape from COVID-19.
Nothing to get your mind off the worries of the world. Nothing to turn on and get invested in as an escape from reality.
Because that’s what sports give us. An escape. MLB runs from February to November, leaving only the abyss of December and January without the option of turning on a game after a long day at the office. Missing baseball is something that fans aren’t really used to.
Something to turn on and get invested in for no reason at all. Yeah, in the grand scheme of things sports are pretty insignificant. But that’s what makes sports so significant!
What I wouldn’t give to be able to escape into a ball game right now. To turn on my beloved O’s and watch them get clobbered.
Because it doesn’t matter if they lose! It’s not about the result, it’s about the game. Just something to take my mind off the ceaseless stories of crisis.
Something that even remotely resembles normal. Because in a world filled with chaos right now a little normal would be nice. But once again COVID-19 wins.
And all we’re left with for live-action entertainment is watching the politicians in Washington D.C. trying to piece anything coherent together. And after a few minutes of that, you’re left needing and missing baseball more than ever.
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