If you love baseball, then you miss baseball. Opening Day, under normal circumstances, would have been today. Pitchers would be pitching, hitters would be hitting, and fans would be pouring into baseball stadiums to watch their favorite teams. Instead we are left with the faint hope that baseball will resume in some form by mid-summer. With this sizable gap in play, which player(s) are you most anxious to watch when baseball does resume?
Immediately, players like Ronald Acuña Jr., Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman come to mind for Braves fans. Along with the obvious choices, a case can be made for the potential resurgence of Dansby Swanson, the much-anticipated sophomore campaign of ace Mike Soroka, and the continued ascension of Max Fried. The absence of Braves baseball leaves fans without the entertainment that comes with having such a talented young roster, and makes the sting of a ten-run first inning six months ago feel like an everlasting burden.
Outside of Atlanta, players like Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Gerrit Cole are left dormant. These are the most talented players in the world, but which players around baseball will you most between tomorrow and the next regular season game?
The hope of an amicable beginning to the season may be drawing closer, as MLB and MLBPA are currently working through all the ugly details that could come with a shortened, amended, or cancelled 2020 season.
Paul Newberry of the Associated Press recalls the opening of Turner Field in 1997:
Turner Field actually started out as Centennial Olympic Stadium, but it was always meant to be a ballpark. As soon as the 1996 Summer Games ended, work began to fully convert it into the 50,000-seat home of the Braves.
It didn’t take long to start making new memories. Home run king Hank Aaron bringing out home plate. Braves owner and stadium namesake Ted Turner throwing out the first pitch. Chipper Jones, the first hit.
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The Mets are not easy to like, but Pete Alonso certainly is. This video is great, and shows how quickly the NL Rookie of the Year has made himself a man of the people.