What. A. Week. Staying in my lane and sticking to sports here, the first week of June was set up to be a triumph for baseball. MLB had paved its path to proudly announcing that “baseball is back.” Instead, players and owners argued with each other on Twitter through Jeff Passan and Ken Rosenthal.
Meanwhile, the National Basketball Association drew up and agreed upon a radical plan for teams to return to play. NBA commissioner Adam Silver gets it — the wildly popular, revamped All-Star game in February proved as much, and this cements it — he gets it.
However, Silver’s success is a bright spotlight on the failures of MLB commissioner Robert Manfred.
Baseball has spent the last few weeks
arguing over money very publicly arguing over money. Manfred has aided in creating a space where either the club owners or the players themselves will appear greedy and evil in the eyes of fans.
For our great game of baseball, it’s a huge disappointment. Moreover, what makes it worse is seeing the NBA come together so quickly and put together a plan that looks fun and exciting to watch. Of course, we know how set in its way our national pastime is, so the idea something remotely different is undoubtedly making the old guard tremble in fear.
At any rate, I asked on Twitter: are you disappointed that basketball was able to come to a season-resumption agreement before baseball? The answers weren’t terribly shocking.
— A.J. (@ElessarDarkStar) June 4, 2020
— Offszn ? Catchers ? (@dodgermacncheez) June 4, 2020
Kevin here sees the greater missed opportunity.
Yes! Especially right now when Baseball can help heal a broken country – like it has time after time. Now the NBA may take over that role in America.
— Kevin Hobbes (@khobbes10) June 4, 2020
Miguel brings some logic to the table, which is never welcome (especially in 2020).
The difference ,I believe, was their season is almost ending, and they have been paid the majority of the salary. Meanwhile it’s the opposite for the MLB.
— Miguel (@mikethereal) June 4, 2020
Ryan takes the optimistic approach that MLB so desperately needs to consider.
Let this be the catalyst that gets Manfred fired. In less than 9 months, he blew the biggest investigation in baseball history and then might get baseball 2020 canceled. pic.twitter.com/BlRbA08O3d
— _ryan ???? (@ryanatanner) June 4, 2020
Roach takes the zero titles in 32+ years and cheated out of two of the last three approach…
Being a Dodger fan, I’m used to disappointment pic.twitter.com/53fNiXNour
— Roach! (@JRoach_909) June 4, 2020
For the optimistic, yes, baseball could still technically return first. The NBA has July 31st set as its return date. MLB is reportedly hoping for a July 4th opening day.
Hope in one hand…