Wow, Baseball is Back

Baseball is the only game where the defense has the ball. I watched the Giants and Dodgers commence with the Dodgers holding that horsehide.

The masks ( on the bench players) were new as was the empty stadium. Nonetheless Dodger Stadium was as beautiful as the day it opened, nearly 60 years ago.

It was kind of peaceful without the crowd. It was easier for my old ears to hear the crack of the bat. I knew I was old when I watched Carl Yastremski’s grandson play ball. I watched grandad right through the 70s and his predecessor, Ted Williams through the mid 50s and 60s.

The announcers were in their three, Zoom style boxes announcing from three separate spots in the U S. That was outside the box.

Nevertheless it was still baseball. Batters still had one of the toughest tasks in sports, hitting an opening day pitcher. Clayton Kershaw’s back hurt so the flame throwing Dustin May got the nod. His numbers, five innings, one run and pulled.

We will soon find out what months of quarantine have done to about 2000 great athletes. I know what it has done to me. I can’t hit a curve ball. Actually, I am not sure I can hit a ball

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