Chicago Cubs might just be ‘essential personnel’ for fans during this crisis

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Chicago Cubs: Scared to take the field

Right now everyone from the commissioner to the bat boy wants to be watching, playing and enjoying baseball but realistically – everyone is afraid. Can you blame them?

Because of the high risk, everyone involved in the entire process (drivers, kitchen staff, coaches, cameramen) and I mean everyone, would have to do a 14-day mandatory quarantine screening followed by testing and then couldn’t have contact with anyone else except those groups and ‘other’ similar groups (the other teams, staffs, potentially families).

But it could be done.

When I proposed this a month ago, the first reactionary stories published were titles like, “Cubs say virus bigger than baseball,” and others in the same vein. I understand, they were scared and didn’t realize that going through this process to play ball again would be utterly chaotic but equally patriotic.

As this is a different type of war not being fought in battlefields but in our communities, these days we are saluting doctors and nurses instead of soldiers. MLB is beginning to look a little foolish sitting on the bench, if you excuse the pun. Why can’t they play games without any fans? Now it seems that MLB is finally going to take the advice.

What took so long? Fans are beginning to think that maybe those huge salaries that baseball players collect might finally be justified if players take to the field as essential personnel. America needs it now, not in a month from now.