Saturday, February 24, 2024

Take me out to the ball game – with 40,000 friends!

When the Texas Rangers play host to my Toronto Blue Jays (I don’t own them, but I cheer for them as if I do) at 3:05 p.m. Central today, the eyes of the sports world will be paying close attention. The eyes of the non-sports world will also be tuned in.

Why?

Because Globe Life Field in Arlington, Tex., is expected to be filled to its capacity of 40,300 humans.

COVID-19 cases have plummeted since Governor Greg Abbott last month announced the end of the mask mandate and full opening of businesses in the Lone Star State.[1]

The Rangers have the green light to fill the stadium, and so they will today. President Joe Biden is calling it a “mistake.” Others are calling it an opportunity to show that people can start getting back to their normal lives … at least in Texas.

Some will be cheering for the game to turn into a failed experiment and an explosion of COVID-19 cases because of political affiliation or fear that publicly proclaimed pandemic positions will be discredited.

I will be cheering for my Blue Jays, but more so for a sign that our society is on a path toward our former lifestyles; lifestyles that included gathering freely with friends as well as with strangers at restaurants, concerts, and sporting events.

[1] https://txdshs.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/ed483ecd702b4298ab01e8b9cafc8b83

Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll
Rob Driscoll is co-founder and president of BIG Media Ltd. He is a writer and entrepreneur who is deeply committed to elevating the level of coverage of our society's most pressing matters as well as the level of respect in public discourse.
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