Finally venturing outside to see live sports
My attitude toward illness has always been: Eh. If I get sick, I’ll just ride it out until it’s run its course.
That sometimes leads to a situation like in February, when something knocked me off me feet for over 30 hours. I literally could not stand up.
When I finally dragged myself out of bed after those 30+ hours, having had nothing but a few glasses of water and a slice of bread (all I could manage before collapsing) — well, I’m not going to say I was experiencing true starvation, but I did have this aching void in the pit of my stomach.
This coronavirus thing, on the other hand ... I’m diabetic. Which means I’m at higher risk for complications from COVID-19. And I don’t think being unable to breathe is something I can “ride out” at home.
And I do not want to end up on a ventilator. Gotta lot of health care professionals in my family. Heard bad things.
(Actually, hearing “tube inserted through larynx” was enough; I tuned out the rest.)
So, when the Eastern Baltimore County Over-40 Baseball League decided to start its season on Sunday, it was the first time I had ventured outside for more than 5-10 minutes at a time since ... a CCBC Essex women’s soccer game in March before all the spring sports seasons shut down.
I’ve been self-quarantining since mid-March, working from home and leaving my apartment only to go to the Food Lion five minutes away for groceries. And a weekly run to the nearby Taco Bell drivethru.
Of course, this Sunday was a hot, sunny day. After three hours, it wasn’t COVID-19 I was concerned about. Picked up a 24-oz. Gatorade Zero on the way home and finished it in about one swallow. Maybe two.
I appeared to be the only one wearing a facemask at the game, and tied to stay well up the right field line as much as I could. Baseball is an easy sport to maintain social distancing, save for tagging runners at bases. The home plate umpire — the umps were wearing masks — positioned himself off to the side, away from the batter and catcher.
The home plate umpire worked with the field umpire to call balls and strikes.
The play in the field was pretty clean, considering how long these guys have been without practice. Pitching needs work: between the two teams there were eight walks and five hit batters.
Except for Dodger starter Vince Butzner, who retired 12 of he first 13 batters he faced before giving up three hits and walking two in the fifth.
Still waiting to hear what Baltimore County will decide to do in regards to high school sports. The state will allow workouts in July and is expecting to start practices on August 12,
But Anne Arundel County has already decided not to do anything in July. I expect Baltimore County’s decision by next week.
In the meantime — hey, baseball’s back. Senior Softball is slated to begin in a week. Even the Major’s have decided to put a season together.
Sixty games. Hey, weren’t the Nationals something like 27-33 after 60 games last season? Here’s hoping.
And, let’s check the simulated 2020 season being run by the Pro Baseball Reference web site using the Out of the Park Baseball computer game ... Orioles are 35-51, 19 games behind the Yankees, while the Braves and Nationals are tied with 50-36 records.
The team with the best record in the league? The 65-21 Dodgers.