I’m not there. I will never be there.
I really can’t find it in myself to say what so many fans are saying. So many are saying that they are done; that they are far beyond caring about whether or not baseball will return this season.
But I feel like so many are just putting their guards up. The disappointment of it all. The waiting. The negotiations. Back and forth and back and forth. Many fans just want it all to stop.
And now the players have thrown up their arms and said, we are done, just tell us when to show up. They know how this is going to go.
Rob Manfred’s message to the fans was clear. He is 100% sure there will be a season. He already knows what he is going to do. What the players want no longer interests him or the owners.
Talk about a completely fractured relationship between the Commish and the players. It really is unbelievable. Do you want to know what else the Commissioner should be 100% sure about? A baseball strike is no longer just a possibility, it is only a matter of when.
So as we sit here, the players have decided they are going to do what Manfred wants. What the owners want. And we are going to be left with the bare minimum, which is a shame.
All we’re awaiting now is the official announcement that, yes, baseball is returning for 50 lousy games.
But don’t be fooled. You are going to be watching. You might complain until your hair is on fire but you are going to watch.
You have to watch! You love baseball! You can’t look away! A 50-game season is a sprint to the playoffs. It will be a season like we have never experienced, in a year like we have never experienced.
Actually, it wouldn’t fit the narrative if baseball went ahead without a hitch. Full season. Fans in the stands. The crowning of a World Series champion in October. Sure we all want it, but we were never going to get it. Not in 2020, when absolutely everything got turned upside down.
You can slap asterisks all over this season and you should, but this season would be completely about entertainment. Sure, baseball has been more than entertainment for so many of us, for most of our lives. I understand the desire to condemn what the Commissioner is hell-bent to execute.
For me, baseball has been such a huge part of my life that I have never been able to label it as just entertainment. But that’s what this will be and if you can get your head around that, it can still be fun.
But it’s that settling which will be so difficult for many. Until it starts, of course.
First, players will get some satisfaction from a 50-game sprint to the playoffs. It’s competition and they crave it, playing the game they love.
And for baseball fans, there will be similarities. They will get that fix. Just like the players, they have been craving the competition and the desire to watch the game they love on a live stage.
It would be a live baseball fix for 3 months ending in a World Series Championship that maybe should be called something else to differentiate. Because this is 2020. It’s a year like no other where nothing is normal. Not even baseball.
A 50-game schedule and then a playoff would be bizarre as hell. People, regardless of what they say now, would surely check this out.
Fans are saying they just want baseball to call it quits. To start fresh next year. Is that really what they want? Do they really want a summer completely without baseball?
Completely? Somehow I just don’t believe it.
They are still going to get their fresh start next year. So what is the harm in this 3-month tournament that we call 2020 Baseball?
Let’s give it a go. It’s no skin off our teeth. It really would be better than nothing.
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