Okay, I admit it.
I’m about to become a hypocrite.
After all my accusations in this space that Baseball Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. is the greatest mass murderer in the history of the sport, I don’t care.
Baseball is coming back, and I’m excited.
So sue me.
I love the game more than I loathe the worst Commissioner in Baseball history.
Make no mistake, there will be a day of reckoning for his destruction of the Lancaster JetHawks.
In the meantime, the Dodgers and Angels and our MLB JetHawks alumni will be playing three weeks from today.
Baseball will bring us all together, notwithstanding the efforts of those hateful types who want to keep us divided and at each other’s throats.
Watch what a Twins World Series run would do to help heal Minneapolis, and the state of Minnesota.
The idea of seeing MVP’s Cody Bellinger and Mookie Betts in the same Dodgers outfield is starting to sink in.
So is Shohei Ohtani resuming the astonishing decathlon he treated us to in Anaheim in 2018, when the only frame of reference for what he was doing as a pitcher and a hitter was Babe Ruth 100 years earlier.
So what that it will all be a reality TV series, with severe restrictions on how many media will be admitted to the stadium and no fans allowed.
As a 60-something with a pre-existing condition, Type II Diabetes, I’m on Doctor’s lockdown orders for at least another month.
Having Baseball in the house every day will make that easier to deal with.
MLB Network is back on every day.
In 1992, Matt Vasgersian was the voice of the High Desert Mavericks.
Twenty-eight years later, he is the face of MLB Network.
But he is still outraged over the extermination of the Mavericks four years ago.
That is what is so wonderful about Baseball.
It is personal, not just business.
The other sports — and I’ve covered them all — are one-night stands.
Baseball is a romance, with daily ups and downs just like life itself.
As Cal Ripken, Jr. said the night he broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record, Baseball challenges you to do your best every single day.
Just like life.
Part of life is coming back from the dead.
It gives us hope that the rest of normal life won’t be far behind.