It has been just over 24 hours since the announcement came down that MLB is suspending play in Spring Training and delaying Opening Day due to coronavirus.
Major League Baseball officially joined the NHL and NBA by putting the season on hiatus, however, what makes MLB different is that its season hasn’t started — which has its pros and cons to the situation.
Either way, all baseball fans can do is wait it out.
MLB Players react
As the news broke that all play is suspended until further notice, several players and a few teams took to Twitter to express their feeling and opinions on the matter.
2019 Rookie of the Year Pete Alonso called it a “strange circumstance,” however, like a lot of other players reacting, he agrees with the move.
— Pete Alonso (@Pete_Alonso20) March 12, 2020
Health is more important than baseball or any sport for that matter so getting this problem resolved is front and center.
New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton also chimed in on the situation:
Giancarlo Stanton a few minutes ago on the cancellation of ST: "It’s unfortunate but I think it’s the proper measure we need to take now given the situation the country’s in and the world’s in. It’s important to know that some things are bigger than baseball, bigger than sports."
— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 12, 2020
“It’s unfortunate but I think it’s the proper measure we need to take now given the situation the country’s in and the world’s in. It’s important to know that some things are bigger than baseball, bigger than sports.”
Stanton is right. After all, without our health, we have nothing.
Washington Nationals star Max Scherzer has an interesting yet truthful take on the situation.
The hard-throwing right-hander thinks that there’s not one player in any one of the camps across MLB right now that has not contracted it yet.
Max Scherzer when asked about athletes in other sports contracting coronavirus: " I think we’d be kind of naive to think that there’s not one player in any one of the camps across MLB right now that has not contracted it yet."
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) March 12, 2020
That is an interesting take on the issue, but he may be right.
From what reports are indicating, many in-shape individuals may have the coronavirus and not even know it. The symptoms so closely mimic the flu that you can never be sure unless you are tested.
The New York Mets tweet on Friday may have been one of the best of the bunch.
The Metropolitans simply posted “Baseball can wait. Everyone be safe.”
Baseball will wait.
Everyone be safe. pic.twitter.com/e4P10MjIlz
— New York Mets (@Mets) March 13, 2020
Trevor Bauer best tweet?
While there are literally hundreds of tweets from MLB players on the stoppage of play, one of the best has to be between pitchers David Carpenter and Trevor Bauer.
I’m 100000000000000% in https://t.co/RKYX8kSe8l
— Trevor Bauer (@BauerOutage) March 13, 2020
Carpenter tweeted to Bauer asking one simple question, “You think we could get some of the guys together at a random field in PHX and have a pickup baseball game, sandlot style?”
When you are a kid, a sandlot game is like a piece of heaven.
Bauer tweeted back what any baseball fanatic would, “I’m 100000000000000% in.”
Carpenter and Bauer are just expressing what all baseball fans already know — you can take the kid out of the game, but you can’t take the game out of the kid.
Here’s to hoping the coronavirus runs its course quickly, and we all can get back to baseball — and living a normal, healthy life.