Opening Day has arrived and Major League Baseball has its first two postponed games of the season. No, it's not raining in Washington. It's the first COVID issue of the year. According to Buster Olney, today's game, as well as Friday's game, between the Washington Nationals and New York Mets have been postponed.
Nationals manager Mike Rizzo said on Wednesday that the team would be down five players and a staff member because of COVID protocols. At least one person had a positive test. For baseball writers, this is a reminder that yes, the pandemic still is in fact going on.
Yes, there is still very much a problem with COVID-19. There are still tens of thousands of new cases every day across the country. We're fighting misinformation that has some people choosing not to get vaccinated. This is a problem that exists in the general public and baseball clubhouses across America. If teams can convince their players to get vaccinated (it's safe and it works!) then we can go back to just watching the weather report to know whether or not a game will be postponed.