I suppose 2020 is not the first time someone chose to watch, or not watch, baseball based on principles.
Baseball is a reflection of who we are at this moment in history. Who we were yesterday is reflected in an aging box score and who we become tomorrow will come into focus sometime during tomorrow’s games.
So, who are we?
Are you watching baseball in 2020 or are you sitting it out – sitting it out because you’re concerned that players are risking their health by playing … sitting it out because they are wearing “Black Lives Matter” patches on their sleeves … sitting it out because it’s a shortened season that might become meaningless … sitting it out because of new rules like that man-on-second-to-start-extra-innings thing?
Everybody’s got their reasons.
But, hey, about that new rule.
I thought it was stupid. Not just stupid, but crazy-stupid.
Come to find out, it’s not so bad. When the game you’re watching slogs into hour four and your team can’t seem to push one more lousy run across, that one lousy run being all your team needs to win … and all you can think is that this game is going to go on for another four freaking hours and it’s nearly midnight …
Yeh, all of a sudden, you’ve got a man on second and no outs. That perks me right up.
So, let me just say this about that – I was wrong. That stupid new rule about starting a man on second in extra innings wasn’t so stupid after all.
This is how the new rule works.
And, seven-inning games for double headers?
So who are we then, baseball fans?
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