I’m not a doctor. I’ve never pretended to be an expert on infectious diseases or how best to contain them. Most of us are intelligent enough to understand our limitations in this regard. In today’s world of everyone trying to make sure the world knows just how awesome they are, I keep seeing optimism shot down loudly as being “foolish” or “reckless”, and that is just impossible to understand to me.
For instance, if someone says I think that MLB will play this year. How do we make the leap to that being the same as advising people to ignore orders from government or saying baseball is more important than human life? It’s not, period. Are we to sit here with a blank stare on our faces constantly ingesting up to the minute death tolls and case numbers until one day when this is over? Are we allowed to believe it will be over one day?
Of course, we are. Social media has given us many good things, connections with people we never would have had opportunity to meet, ability to voice our opinions to people when we want and instant access to information. It’s brought some awful, culture changing things too, like everyone reading a headline out of context and assuming they’ve “educated” themselves. Virtue signaling has become our new national pastime and its not just things like “hey guys, murder is bad”. It’s shaming someone who says I miss baseball. It’s making sure that guy who thinks the NHL might still finish the season knows he is stupid and clearly doesn’t care about your grandpa.
Saying that there will come a time when we as a society will have to face getting back to business doesn’t mean you think this was all crap and those lives don’t matter. It simply means you understand that 100% eradication is not going to happen, that’s why we still in 2020 have the same strain of flu floating around from the Spanish Flu pandemic.
I’m not unaware of the situation and surely sports should not return until we have either effective treatment or a vaccine in place to help mitigate the risk, but it will return. Maybe not this year, but if it brings you comfort to imagine it will, who am I or anyone else for that matter to tell you to drop your hope?
Isolation is hard, and not everyone has a family they live with. We tend to picture all families the way ours works and don’t think about the people that need to hold that point of light in the distance to keep moving forward. You see, your need to make sure everyone knows that you did the right thing and self-isolated and you’re smarter than all those idiots who are out there running around may go over well with the followers you’ve built up, but think of what your words do to the poor guy who literally just said he wants to watch Joe Musgrove pitch.
Bottom line this will end. When, we don’t know but it will. Are there things more important than sports? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean that sports have no place in the discussion. They are big business. Ask any business owner on the North Shore how much sports mean to them? Ask how much money even a short playoff run brings into our city. That’s tangible stuff there, I’m not even mentioning civic pride.
Its incredible to me watching so many people who clearly feel they’re better than others suddenly pretend they didn’t previously look down their noses at restaurant and grocery store workers. Truck drivers are suddenly heroes, when three weeks ago you were annoyed, they cut you off in the fast lane or double parked on Smithfield Street.
You know why you don’t judge people from afar? Because one day, those people might just save your ass. Maybe we could take this time to learn how to respect everyone. Maybe instead of “saving the world” by getting some to go food and nodding at a nurse who you would have previously ignored, think of how you might be that way AFTER this too instead of going right back to being the guy complaining that your sandwich wasn’t ready in 15 minutes and under tipping the server who had nothing to do with it.
Maybe you’ll think of the UPS driver who constantly hauls everything you order from a rich guy you despise, instead of watching him on your Ring to make sure he doesn’t steal your potted plant.
Maybe the athlete who sucks and couldn’t carry Clemente’s jock strap deserves a bit of your admiration when they aren’t visibly giving blood or helping in the community.
To summarize, this is already a very bad situation. When someone is trying desperately to find some joy or something to keep them going, maybe shut up. And when you’re being responsible and staying home, maybe think of those who can’t or those who have to but are possibly losing everything they’ve worked for in the process. Wanting to understand what a return to semi-normal life looks like isn’t the same as saying screw it let’s quit doing this isolation stuff.
This Virus doesn’t discriminate, why should you?