You’ve probably never been more excited to see a tweet from Jon Heyman. On Saturday afternoon, the MLB insider tweeted the tweet to end all tweets for baseball fans.
They are playing baseball now in Korea. Gives us something to aspire to.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) March 21, 2020
In fact, the Hanwha Eagles played an intrasquad game earlier in the week wearing masks during play.
And here's what Hanwha's intrasquad game looked like today. pic.twitter.com/9DitLXaF4O
— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) March 17, 2020
As the novel coronavirus spread rapidly in 2020, Korea acted quickly to contain the outbreak. Now, I will absolutely not even attempt to speak (or write) intelligently about COVID-19, or who has best fought to limit and attempt to eradicate the virus, but when you see people playing the game we love so dearly while we’re a few days into being asked to stay at home, you probably really want to follow suit with what has apparently worked.
Because again… actual baseball was being played by people. And that’s ultimately what we all want (besides the obvious).
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Ultimately the point of all this is that there is hope for baseball and sports in general. A country is playing — even if it’s without a crowd — and that’s pretty encouraging.
If you’re interested in watching some intrasquad KBO action, Dan Kurtz of mykbo.net has you covered here.
Hanwha will be live streaming their intrasquad games on the 23rd, 25th, and 27th on their YouTube channel (https://t.co/7gpEJBoSxn). Games will start at 1pm Korean Standard Time. pic.twitter.com/6nfpIM80eO
— Dan Kurtz (@MyKBO) March 21, 2020
At best, MLB is hoping it can return to action in a shortened spring training before setting out on a likely modified schedule into October. The All-Star game will likely be affected, the first-year player draft may get skipped, and in all likelihood fans won’t be allowed in the stands… and that’s ok.
Because baseball would be back, and we would be on track for some sense of normalcy once again.