Even without baseball, images from shortened Cactus League season endure
By Reno Del Toro/Cronkite News |
PHOENIX – As the world wages war with the COVID-19 pandemic, traditional institutions are adjusting to a new normal. The phrase “social distancing” has entered the modern lexicon, and “flattening the curve” isn’t something from the dictionary of baseball jargon.
Nobody knows when games will begin again, or whether fans will even be allowed to watch them except from the safety of their smart TV. Athletes and teams are trying to remain connected with fans, playing esports video games, doing remote interviews and remaining active on social media.
But we can still glimpse back at the images of spring training we hold dear. And when we do, we can almost hear the pop of baseballs in mitts and the bark of a beer vendor’s pitch. We can just about smell the freshly mowed grass on an outfield berm or the hot dogs sizzling on a grill.
At least we had three weeks of spring training. Remember?
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