On the baseball side of things, California’s edict of no more than 250 people at a sporting event at least through the end of the month could impact the start of the season for teams scheduled to play there. Spring training games are still ongoing with fans in attendance as of the writing of this post. Some teams have recalled their scouts and are curtailing travel for employees. There is supposed to be a meeting Friday for MLB decision makers to address how to proceed in response to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, last night I turned on the TV to watch the OKC Thunder play a home game against the Utah Jazz. Just before tip off both teams were sent back to the locker rooms. The game was postponed indefinitely about 30 minutes later. A Jazz player, Rudy Gobert, has tested positive. Suddenly the Jazz find themselves quarantined at their hotel while everyone else on the team gets tested too. They’ll probably go home via charter flights after the results are back. It’s the first positive test here in OKC. Thanks, Rudy. The whole NBA season is now suspended for at least two weeks as several teams, refs and a bunch of reporters all have to home quarantine too due to being exposed to Gobert. This guy, earlier this week, made light of the pandemic and made a point of touching every reporter’s equipment at a press conference—and he’s the one who ended up getting sick. Idiot. The good news is he isn’t that ill himself and so should be fine. Hopefully nobody he exposed to the disease will get seriously ill either. BTW, I say at least two weeks for the league wide shut down because China’s league got shut down, and is set to resume next month, after about 10 weeks off.
Most respiratory virus epidemics abate as the weather gets warmer. Let’s all hope this one does follow that pattern and that we have a nice, warm spring.