I reluctantly admit that I now believe that Baseball and probably Football should be cancelled. It sucks, but honestly it is the only reasonable action at this point, not to say it is what will happen.
I talked with one of my best friends yesterday, a former college football player at Florida State and Georgia Tech, now 36 years old but still in great physical shape. He tested positive for covid-19 11 days ago when he nearly passed out while working out. He tells me that he is fine, but he can't believe just how bad and hard this was on him, he described as the worst 11 days of his life, no energy, persistent, heavy cough and the fear that he has permanently damaged his lungs. His wife suffers from Lupus and he has 2 tween daughters, trust me he is much more afraid of what could happen to them than any fears he has for himself. This is a guy probably in the 90th percentile of physical condition, not the same as a current athlete, but he is not in a high risk category and he tells me that he was in bad, bad shape a week ago fearing for his life and the lives of his family. This is not a guy who makes those statements out of paranoia, but really honest evaluation of the situation.
The simple fact is that if they continue to play sports eventually players are going to die. Even if you give them credit for physical conditioning, there will be 100s if not 1000 cases of Covid-19 among the players of Baseball, Football, College sports, etc. Just look at the Marlins, presumably 0 guys were positive during camp and in one incident it spread to at least 11 players and 2 coaches, and that is nothing to what could have happened to the Philies and Yankees if it had been caught 1 day later. If we keep getting cases in these numbers than eventually some athlete is going to succumb to the effects. It is simply irresponsible.
I miss sports, I really miss them, but I dont want my leisure time activity of following a sport to start costing people their lives. These guys work WAY to hard to get to this level of professional sports to just have them be executed because we want to watch. Basically, at the moment, we are watching gladiatorial combat, it just takes a little longer for the gladiator to die and it is a great deal more lingering and horrible way to do it.
I hope we end this. I want to say I refuse to follow sports until they can be played safely, but I doubt I would honor that pledge, so I will simply say I hope the choice is taken away from me.