Dodgers fans are all holding their breath waiting for that moment that baseball is able to return. At this point, we would take any form of baseball regardless of whether or not fans are allowed. As it turns out, there is a good chance that fans will not get to see Los Angeles play in-person at all.
Dr. Jeffrey Smith, a Santa Clara County executive officer, seems to think that the idea of spectator sports returning to California is unlikely. Via The Athletic(subscription required), Smith told the county Board of Supervisors that there would not be any games in California until at least the end of the year, crushing Dodgers fans’ hope.
(There will not be) any sports games until at least Thanksgiving, and we’d be lucky to have them by Thanksgiving. This is not something that’s going to be easy to do.
Smith went on to elaborate on the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, and why games likely will not be played.
There will definitely be individuals who will get sick. And because there are individuals who get sick, there will be individuals who die after the order is released, unless we come up with a foolproof immunization, which is highly unlikely.
For Dodgers fans looking for a ray of hope in all of this, you can take heart in knowing that Smith is a Northern California health officer. He does not necessarily speak for the entire state in general, and Governor Newsom said that Californians practicing social distancing has helped to “bend the cover” over the last few weeks.
If the Dodgers are able to play this year, it seems as though it would be under MLB’s Arizona plan. That plan would move all teams to the Spring Training facilities in the greater Phoenix area to keep players and staff isolated from the world.