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.
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.
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.