This theme seems apropos, wouldn’t you say?
The Can of Corn Challenge marches on, with nary a game of baseball in sight. There’s no college ball. No high school. No minor league. No major league.
When I came up with themes for this year’s challenge, I had some pretty good thoughts with this one. It has the ability to be fun.
Maybe it’s back when I got tossed out of a Legion game for being too mouthy. Or watching something happen during a game. Maybe it would have been a photo series with the question of an out? Oh I had ideas.
Alas, who knew I’d be writing about the baseball season being out?
The MiLB season would have been about two weeks old or so at this point. I definitely would have already been at a few games, enjoying the game be it in cold or warm weather. To be fair, if it was too cold, I might not have made it the whole game if it wasn’t a great one to watch, but it still would have been baseball.
Ahhh baseball, something I look forward to each year. Watching the game in person is as much of a stress reliever as it comes. I enjoy keeping score, watching a game unfold, and all the nuances surrounding the sport.
And yet, no baseball.
This virus has halted a lot of things in this world. We, as humans, are being put in a situation we are not used to and we don’t like. Some choose to “fight back,” which in the end will not help humanity. Others go fully the opposite way, which, again, will not help humanity.
So we’re out for now.
Sports are trying to figure ways to come back so it can help provide a distraction for people. Empty stadiums. Quarantine athletes and shuttle them back and forth.
Is it smart? I don’t know. Sports are so huge with crowds. Be it cheering or booing, it can be a massively huge part of the game.
I’m thinking the only sports franchises in North America who don’t mind all going on are the Houston Astros and Boston Red Sox.
For now, though, baseball is out.
There’s no crack of the bat. No slap of the mitt. No kids looking for autographs on a scratched-up foul ball they tracked down. No sitting in the stands with an overpriced beer and hot dog.
Goodness, I’d even welcome paying 10 bucks for a Bud Light at this point.
There’s a part of me that is staying optimistic. That there will be the chance to go see games in person this season. That there will be cheers and groans of how things unfold on the field, not just in the world. That life will be normal and sports will be part of it.
Then there’s the other side. Where we will be so cautious that things won’t be “normal” this summer. That we don’t trust when things seem to get better; that the bitter side that is this world right now continues on.
In the end, we don’t know what will happen.
All I know is I’m out when it comes to seeing baseball right now, and that makes this whole situation even harder.
Can of Corn Challenge 3: Yer out! linkup
The Can of Corn Challenge is a monthly blogging challenge that runs from February-October. You can see all information, as well as themes for 2020 by visiting this blog post. Feel free to join us for any and all themes! The linkup will remain live each month for about seven days.