My plan is slightly different from the one most college and professional leagues are putting forward.
As we ‘slowly’ creep back into our pre-COVID-19 lives, so comes the positive news from leagues like the MLB. According to those with inside information, Major League Baseball is submitting a plan forward that could bring baseball back by in early July.
But the plan does come with some disappointing news, at least for those who can’t wait to enter a ballpark again and eat themselves into heart disease. From what I’ve gathered, no fans will be allowed to attend those early games. As a fellow American, who understands the severity of COVID-19 yet believes we’ve been sent to the edge of another Great Depression by panic mongers in our response, I have a different proposal.
And here it is:
Allow ‘some’ fans into the stadium.
If people can go to Walmart, Lowes, Target, etc., then a ballpark can let fans into a stadium as long as it’s not filled to more than 30-40 percent capacity.
How does that work if we have a six-foot social distancing rule? Easy; fill every third or fourth seat and skip a row, fill every third or fourth seat and skip a row, and so on.
What about concessions stands? I'm glad you asked. If you've visited Walmart in the past two months, yet you have a problem with a concession stand to be open and practicing social distancing, then the ole thinker upstairs (a.k.a the brain) needs to be dusted off.
So what does all this accomplish? A lot more than you think. It employees a few more people currently unemployed, it gives Americans a small sense of normalcy and sanity, and for a short time helps us forget the troubles of the day and focus on brighter days ahead.
Baseball is an outside game, and according to the CDC, COVID-19 is not that big of a threat outside than it is indoors.
After all, that is precisely what we need right now.
Of course, there are a lot of other moving parts but they can all be sensibly figured out with the use of common sense, which seems to be a superpower these days.