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Play Ball! Nats vs. Yanks as MLB 2020 Season Begins

This has been a truly ... OFF THE WALL year in so many ways. So why not start the Major League Baseball Season on 23 July 2020! Skip spring training, knock out 102 games, and play a 60-game season. Or so that's the plan.

Last year, I rooted for the Washington Nationals to beat the Houston Astros in the World Series, and was happy when they won. Tonight, it's the Nats versus the Yanks, and, well: All bets are off!

This Yankees Fan will be root, root, rooting for the home team, which is opening in the Nationals' home park, game starting in about a half hour. Nats #1 Fan, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is due to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Whoever throws the last pitch, no matter how crazy this MLB schedule is---as teams play in stadiums with no fans, piped in sounds and what-not---I say: Play Ball!

And Go Yanks!

Poscript (24 July 2020): Well, last night's game started out just fine. The Washington Nationals raised their 2019 World Series Championship Banner. Dr. Anthony Fauci threw the ceremonial first pitch ... waaay out of the strike zone (I think he ought to stick to his day job!). And Nats pitcher Max Scherzer struck out 11 Yankee batters---the first pitcher since 1893 to strike out ten or more in three consecutive Opening Day starts, which he did in the five-and-a-half innings that he was on the mound... before The Rains Came.

An electric show in the sky, the rain coming down, the game went into a rain delay, but new Yankee ace Garrett Cole had allowed only three base runners, giving up one hit (a HR) and one earned run, eventually going on to gain the win of the shortened game, 4-1.

The ESPN announcers were hilarious. Matt Vasgersian remarked: "Major League Baseball's Season Opener in a game delayed by rain. Heck, we waited 267 days for baseball, what's another few hours to get this one in the books?" Alex Rodriguez thought the rain might last 50 minutes or so, but observed that the weather went "all 2020 on us!" Indeed, the rain reached torrential proportions. Vasgersian saw the dugouts drowned in over two feet of water, "Oh my goodness! This looks sinister. Looks like bad special effects. A Roger Corman movie!"

The back page of the New York Daily News captured the Biblical proportions of it all:


Epic rain or not... the Yanks won. And the Mets Season Opener at Home---weather permitting---is today at 4 pm.