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Last Week* In Baseball (2020-10-20)

Well, that went poorly.1

I have, in fact, failed miserably at maintaining this effort. Put simply, I lost interest in baseball about halfway through this shortened season. I lost interest in everything, in fact. It’s been a real dumpster fire of a year, and your humble author spent the second half of the summer in an inescapable funk about the state of the world, both at a personal level and a national level. The funk’s still there, and I don’t know when it’ll ever go away.

However, I did enjoy watching the playoffs. The Rays have been fun to watch this year when they’re confounding any team that isn’t the Sox, and nothing was sweeter to me than them knocking the Astros out of the series. The Dodgers, meanwhile, had me on the edge of my seat for the first few games of the NLCS, but managed to convincingly put in some good wins. I feel pretty good about their chances as I write, here in the bottom of the 3rd during the first game of the World Series.

I’m still not sure this season should have happened at all. The coronavirus situation in the United States is even worse now than it was at the start of the summer. Inside of the MLB, the situation stabilised in a way that let them finish the season without too many issues. The same cannot be said about the NFL, and the less said about the COVID situation on college campuses and in teams, the better.

I don’t have any clue what the Red Sox have planned for the offseason. We need a new manager, JBJ is entering free agency2, and holy hell do we ever need a stronger bullpen. I’d consider myself cautiously optimistic. Once this World Series is over, the real fun begins. Of course, we also don’t know what baseball will look like next season, never mind the rest of the world. Time will tell.

I don’t know how to close this one out. I am glad to have had the distraction of baseball this summer, but I can’t not think about how all the efforts and resources devoted to making this season a reality could have been better used. Over 200,000 Americans have already died from coronavirus, we are still actively in the process of economic disarray, and nobody whose hands grip the levers of power is interested in making any meaningful changes to help people out. It’s going to be a dark and depressing winter. Hopefully, when that winter gives way, we’ll have baseball waiting for us.

  1. Am I talking about the Red Sox season or this attempt at blogging? Who can say? 

  2. A brief diatribe diatribe regarding the Red Sox front office: They’ve got so fucking much money that the parent company is probably going public via a SPAC, ensuring that John Henry can purchase between two and twenty additional European soccer clubs. Given the Mookie deal, I’ll be extremely shocked if they make a proper effort to retain JBJ, and I fully expect the salary cap to be chief among their excuses. Know now that this excuse will be bullshit.