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If this isn’t the most depressing day ever, I don’t know what is

Atlanta Braves v. Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB via Getty Images

Today is usually a day of rejoicing.

Today is usually a day of renewal.

Today is usually a day of hope and fun and togetherness as a fanbase.

Today, there is nothing.

In what should be one of the happiest days of a baseball fan’s life, there is sense that we are missing something, that a gnawing in the pit of your stomach that is usually quelled by the first pitch thrown from a major league mound will not be extinguished. Many fans today are feeling lost and left out, emergencies over national health rightfully taking precedence over what boils down to men being played to play a child’s game. It’s a strange feeling since many are stuck at home, wondering what it is they will watch. Luckily, MLB has decided that they will take many games that have affected each team in its recent history and will broadcast that game in many different platforms.

It’s not ideal, but at least it’ll get you a fix.

In addition to these games, I’d encourage you to do some of the following:

  • Thank a healthcare provider that has been on the frontlines of this pandemic. The ones that have been forced to confront this thing head on simply because it’s their job
  • Help your child with their homework. I know it hasn’t been easy working from home and trying to remotely teach your child at the same time. Take a little breath and ask if there is anything they need. They’re probably just as stressed as you.
  • If you’re in the Philadelphia area, pop open your windows today and let some fresh air in. Don’t be walking around - social distancing is what we need to do, but the beautiful, clean air will help make you feel like you’re there today, at the ballpark.

This isn’t the easiest time, I know. You’re probably going stir crazy, itching to get back out and among friends, in South Philly, waiting to stand in line at Citizens Bank Park for crab fries.

Don’t worry, friends. Baseball will be back.

Soon.