We spent all winter waiting for opening day. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic will keep us waiting a few weeks longer.
Thursday was supposed to be the day all 30 Major League Baseball teams opened their regular season. Instead, players were home with their loved ones.
While no one was complaining about that specific aspect of the coronavirus shutdown and social distancing in general, it’s clear the players and everyone else who loves the game missed it terribly.
Throughout the day, many players, fans, team employees, and, yes, even the mascots, shared what they were doing to suppress their disappointment and pass the time on social media.
Here’s a look.
The sounds of baseball
That’s what baseball is all about. The sounds. The crack of the bat. The pop of the glove. The national anthem. The seventh-inning stretch.
There’s just a different feeling being at the ballpark because of the noise and the atmosphere. That’s especially true on opening day. Those sounds may have been missing from the ballpark on Thursday, but they were still out there if you listened close enough.
Miami Marlins (@Marlins) March 26, 2020
Ladies and Gentlemen, at this time we ask that you please rise, and kindly remove your hats for our Nation's Colors. Now fans... Please remain standing, and join in the singing of our National Anthem with @DieterRuehle. pic.twitter.com/RqFZPnVy8z— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 26, 2020
And we can’t forget the mid-game race.
Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 26, 2020
Some players, like Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants, took time to thank those on the front lines and to provide encouraging words during these uncertain times.
Right now we’d normally all be celebrating Opening Day, but today it’s much more important to celebrate the true heroes on the front lines. Thank you and can’t wait to see you all soon. pic.twitter.com/b9TccAOgEY— Hunter Pence (@hunterpence) March 26, 2020
Cleveland Indians (@Indians) March 26, 2020
Who says there’s no baseball?
Some players and fans were not deterred. The baseball continued in backyards, parking lots, streets. Basically anywhere there was enough room to throw or hit a baseball ... and even some places there was not.
Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) March 26, 2020
Note: No property was damaged in the making of this video.
Cole Tucker (@cotuck) March 26, 2020
Other players simulated opening day with their favorite baseball video game.
Mascots are people too
With no fans to entertain, the mascots were forced to entertain themselves.
That feeling you get when you got to watch that @justinverlander #NoNo on @mlb to relive an epic WIN, ⚾️💥 AND get to watch the @astros AGAIN on @ATTSportsNetSW tonight at 7:00pm! 📺👀 Happy #OpeningDayAtHome!!! #FortheH pic.twitter.com/ToovYgGMuX— Houston Astros Orbit (@OrbitAstros) March 26, 2020
Baseball will return. We don’t know exactly how. We don’t know exactly when. But the opening day excitement and magic that was missing Thursday will be unleashed again, and it will be awesome.
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