If California opens back up, the Chicago Cubs could have a logistical nightmare on their hands–in the worst way possible.
The Chicago Cubs could get stuck at the tail end of the continent, miles away from Wrigley Field. The White Sox, too. Mesa, Arizona–which the Cubs play at–is a no-go for now. California has more people, but has far more cases of the coronavirus, per capita. The wait for California to open back up is a bad omen.
Governor Gavin Newsom created some good–or bad–news for baseball. See, the states all about making money. Gov. Newsom had targeted a July Opening Day. California just had begun Stage 2 stay-at-home order, reopening low-risk workplaces. Five MLB teams were on the memo.
“Pro sports, in that first week or so of June, without spectators, and (with) modifications and very prescriptive conditions, also can begin to move forward,” he said, “and a number of other sectors of our economy will open up, if we hold these trend lines the next number of weeks.” h/t Maddie Lee, NBC Sports Chicago
And it’s not going to hold. There’s another ‘secondary’ outbreak on the horizon, and it’s going to be sooner than later. 1.5M cases of COVID-19 in the world today, give or take. It’s unclear if the Cubs and White Sox will be cleared to play at Wrigley Field and Guaranteed Rate Field come June. A logistical nightmare, indeed.
Gov. Newsom’s announcement was good for baseball, as of now. The news of baseball by June is a pleasing thought but hold your horses. It’s a matter of the COVID-19 virus being held in check. And not just held in check, but declining. It’s a slippery slope to figure out when the numbers are dwindling and when they’ll ‘ramp up.’
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For the time being, there’ll be baseball. Now, a logistical nightmare? Remains to be seen. Packing an entire league in a state? No. In even the biggest state won’t matter. Three states (Texas, California and Florida)? I wasn’t in favor. But I like it more than one state. But that’s just me.