Thursday, March 12, 2020
It’s your girl, Nika.
I had planned for this post to go something like:
“It’s been a while. The postseason was crazy ya’ll! We are the 2019 World Series champions! I was therE! It was magical! Who would’ve thought?! Also, I just got back from Spring Training and this is what I did…“
Instead, I’m here to talk about this Coronavirus pandemic and my feelings when I learned about MLB’s call to cancel all remaining Spring Training games and postpone the start of the regular season, by at least 2 weeks.
If you haven’t seen that announcement, here it is.
I just came back on Sunday from West Palm Beach. It was amazing! I’ll definitely post more details about it later.
Over the last few days, I’ve seen the number of confirmed cases rise and more businesses sending out emails regarding the additional measures they would be taking to prevent the spread of the virus. I’m not sure whether it was MLS or the NCAA that was the first sports organization that suspended or modified spectatorship, but I knew it wouldn’t be long before MLB announced similar measures.
But even when I saw the notification pop up on my phone screen, it didn’t make the blow any less devastating.
I was in the parking lot of a Wegmans, walking back to my car after returning the shopping cart. I stopped and gasped. It felt like what could only be described as the moment you find out some bad news about someone you really love.
I finally got back to my car but I sat there for a while…crying. How could this be?! Not baseball!
I am a huge fan of the Washington Nationals. Baseball has been in my life from as far back as I can remember. The new season is something I look forward to and have built an entire process around. It’s my stress relief and the one thing I don’t make nor accept any negotiations on.
Of course, this global pandemic is bigger than baseball and as a public health professional…I get it. The only way to slow the progression of this virus is to limit social activity, especially in mass gatherings.
So for now, we wait it out. I’m still on scheduled leave from work. Feeling copacetic since returning from Florida. Trying to do my part as both a potential carrier and victim.
Feeling extremely grateful, for many things, but definitely for having the chance to witness baseball in March.