I was seriously disheartened when I wrote the following post in March of 2020, as I’m sure all of you were. We became captives to the insidious beast called Covid-19.

Fernando Tatis Jr. is safe at home.

I’m writing this on what should have been Opening Day for Major League Baseball in general, and my San Diego Padres in particular. (Not to mention the start of the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA basketball tournament. Crap!) “Safe At Home” should mean Fernando Tatis Jr. avoiding the catcher’s tag as he scores from third base on a popup to the infield. (He has done this.) Instead, it has a different meaning to so many of us, as you well know in these trying times.

Assuming you are safe at home—sheltering in place, social distancing, or whatever else they call it—in our efforts to avoid the insidious monster called coronavirus, I hope that you stay well. Many others are not so lucky. We will get through this, and the cries of “Play Ball” will again echo across the land.

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