Baseball Is Playing for Its Life, and Ours
In 1996, my rookie year in the major leagues with the Chicago Cubs, our manager Jim Riggleman often reminded us that we should play for the name on the front of our uniforms, not the name on the back. It was a noble idea — team before self — reinforced by the power big league athletes can feel when they realize they are representing entire cities, states, even countries, and taking a place in a long history of the sport they are so passionate about.
Last week, we learned once again that Covid-19 does not care about such loyalties. Only a few days after the Major League Baseball season opened, the Miami Marlins were dealing with an outbreak, with the number of players and staff infected with the coronavirus jumping from four to 17 in a matter of days. Quick action was …continued .
[Source: New York Times]