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Arizona officials have released a letter asking Major League Baseball to delay the start of spring training due to an “increased COVID rate.” Meanwhile, NHL games are being played with fans, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan points out:
The most interesting part of this letter is the signature of the mayor of Glendale, Arizona … where the Arizona Coyotes are currently playing regular-season NHL games … in front of fans … https://t.co/rxRYwCVhCO— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 25, 2021
The NHL, a professional sports league run by leaders with guts, has attempted to return the game to normal. The MLB, on the other hand, has had its tail between its legs and can’t seem to follow any logic. Why would baseball need to stop when its fans sit further away from each other than they do in practically every other sport?
You go to a hockey game, and fans are smacking their hands against the glass. Fans sitting at a baseball game hardly move, except to wave down the hot dog vendor. There’s no logic for either league stopping play or fan attendance. If we give in to the always-changing CDC stats again, we’ll never enjoy sports like we used to.
America will open and close based on opinions of people who aren’t affected by their decisions. They certainly aren’t sports fans.
Have some guts
Major League Baseball needs to have a spine and tell Arizona’s officials that spring training will start with or without their approval. The media will tell us that commissioner Rob Manfred will have “blood on his hands,” but reality is that they’re just making up data as they go. No one actually understands the data because it conveniently changes overnight based on what our government needs from us that day.
Do not fold, baseball.