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Triple Play: The ‘We Miss Sports’ Edition




An aerial view from a drone shows Comerica Park where the Detroit Tigers were scheduled to open the season on March 30th against the Kansas City Royals on March 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
An aerial view from a drone shows Comerica Park where the Detroit Tigers were scheduled to open the season on March 30th against the Kansas City Royals on March 25, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
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It's Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and yet no batting practice is being taken, no hot dogs are on the grill, and no choruses of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" are being sung during 7th inning stretches.

It would have been the first day Angels fans got to see 3B Anthony Rendon in Halos red and OF Mookie Betts in Dodger blue. But COVID-19 has pushed back the first day of baseball season, and today all 30 MLB stadiums will be vendor-less, fan-less and team-less. It’s still not clear when the season will start, though USA Today reports MLB executives optimistic projection is the beginning of June. 

It’s not just baseball fans who are missing out. Today would also have marked the start of the second round of March Madness, but no one will be crossing names off their brackets today -- that tournament was postponed as well with no clear plans to reschedule it. The NBA playoff race would be heating up, too, with the season ending in mid-April. Barring complete meltdowns, the Lakers would still be fighting for their first playoff appearance in seven years and their first division title in eight with the Clippers hot on their heels in the division, or so it was when the league put the season on pause. And NFL fans are waiting anxiously to see if the late April rookie draft will proceed as scheduled, which the league says is currently the plan and is working on ways to involve prospects digitally. Until then, Rams and Chargers faithful will just have to argue over the teams’ new logos.

With none of the major sports in session right now, AirTalk’s Triple Play reconvenes to lament on the lack of the crack of the bat on Opening Day and commiserate over our collective missing of sports. How much are you missing your favorite sport? How are you filling the time you'd othewise be spending watching live sports? Join the Triple Play live at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

A. Martinez, host of KPCC’s “Take Two”; he tweets @amartinezLA

Nick Roman, host of KPCC’s “All Things Considered”; he tweets @RomanOnTheRadio