TAKE NO ONE OUT TO THE BALL­GAME

Chicago Sun-Times - - TOP NEWS - Ash­lee Rezin Gar­cia and Tyler LaRiviere

In some places out­side Wrigley Field, it looked like a typ­i­cal Fri­day night with the Cubs play­ing on the road, as fans lined up to get into bars to watch the game.

But the team was right there, in a fan-free Wrigley Field. Same for the White Sox, play­ing at home in a nearly empty Guar­an­teed Rate Field, with a few fans gath­ered in the park­ing lot, cre­at­ing a greatly scaled-down tail­gate.

That’s what it’s like when Ma­jor League Base­ball starts a de­layed sea­son amid a global pan­demic.

There were fes­tiv­i­ties, but no fire­works, as the White Sox took the field. At Wrigley, there were a few fans, off in the dis­tance, on the rooftops over­look­ing the ball­park.

ASH­LEE REZIN GAR­CIA/SUN-TIMES

LEFT: Fans walk by closed gates at Wrigley Field be­fore the Cubs’ game Fri­day.

TYLER LARIVIERE/SUN-TIMES

ABOVE: Sox and Twins play­ers hold up a black rib­bon on Open­ing Day in sup­port of Black Lives Matter, with cutouts of fans who do­nated to White Sox char­i­ties in the back­ground.

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