When will Major League Baseball start again? No one knows! Every date given thus far is just a shot in the dark, grasping at straws for a beacon of hope. In the past few days it has gone from a two week to an eight week delay. That is the bare minimum; an optimistic outlook to say the least. What happens as that day approaches and another decision is made to push the beginning of the season even further back? How will Major League and Minor League players adjust? What will it mean for the sport as a whole, as well its individual teams and players when it actually does come back? Right now we are left with more questions than answers.
As a life-long, diehard Pittsburgh Pirates Fan and a fan of baseball in general, at every level; from the Little League World Series to NCAA Baseball to the Independent Leagues to Minor League Baseball to the MLB I find it hard to believe that everything has come to a screeching halt. All of the emotions pent up inside of me at the moment are those of a fan or a fanatic at their depths and as intense or extreme as they can be at times, it is obvious that they pale in comparison to those that are still actively involved in the game.
This very minute a kid who was just looking forward to riding his bike down to the Little League field in his brand new uniform to play a game with and against his friends is siting in his house wondering when he will be able to return to school to see them, a High School Senior that wanted another shot at the state championship or was longing to impress a scout one more time is in the cage working on his swing or on the mound trying to perfect a new pitch, a College Player who dealt with a slump or injury last season and is in the midst of a comeback splits his time between online classes in the dorms and individual workouts, a Minor League player that was attempting to make an impression on his coaches only days ago at the Spring Training facilities is now in a car or on a plane going home contemplating his future and a Veteran Non-Roster Invitee who was having a strong spring wonders if he will get a shot to “latch on” with a team, in the hopes of extending his career, once baseball finally returns.
Everyone’s world has been turned upside down to some degree and I feel like most of us have tried to make the best of it, but what are you supposed to do when one of your main outlets has been taken away or your career/pursuit of one has been put on hold? I guess only time will tell. So for now we all just wait, hold on to hope and try to make things as “normal” as possible.