Anybody who wanted to see Francisco Lindor debut in a Mets uniform is just going to have to wait another day as the Mets-Nationals opener was postponed. Those who wanted to see the president throw out the first pitch at Nationals Park is probably going to have to wait four more years, as the current occupier, Joe Biden, aka the “Big Guy,” apparently wasn’t offered his customary 10 percent and declined the Nats’ offer.
The Beaners amongst us will have to wait until tomorrow, April 2, to see their Red Sox demolish the Orioles as the opener in Boston was cancelled due to inclement weather, which is better than hearing cancelled due to the dreaded “COVID protocols.”
Fans and players alike have had enough of the scam-demic. All parks are allowing fans (though many will mandate wearing masks and social distancing) into games. In New York, where the Yankees open against the Blue Jays, Gerrit Cole goes up the bump for the Bombers, against Toronto’s Hyun-Jin Ryu. Attendance has been limited to 20% of capacity, so around 10-11,000 fans may show up and be allowed in if they can show proof of immunization or a negative COVID test.
Expected are shouts of “I got your Covid test right here,” and other New York slogans and assorted hand gestures.
The Texas Rangers, who don’t play at home until next week, will be allowing 100% capacity. Once other teams’ executives see the crowds in Texas, there may be some cases of “attendance envy.”
Yanks and Jays are about to tee it up. Baseball is back for a full season. It’s about time.