IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD
Baseball Season BY HOWARD ARKIN
Cardboard cutouts will have to do for now
In June the Major League Players Association
and the club owners came to an agreement on a
60 game schedule with an opening date set for
July 23. Baseball was to have its third shortened
season since the inception of the World Series
As the negations dragged on, it seemed that
they would not come to any agreement at all. I
wondered how long could the players with annu-al
salaries of a little over $4.5 million and team
owners, whose wealth can only be imagined, not
agree on a settlement.
The North Shore Towers Men’s Club will not
be going to any games this year unless they attend
as cardboard cutouts. For $86, the Mets will sell
you a cutout of yourself with the money going to
COVID-19 relief fund. Watching a Met-Yankee
exhibition game on July 18, I noticed that these
cutouts were placed in great seats. Getting to see
30 games for around $2.86 per game was a bargain
too good to pass by and I considered buying one.
Another feature that the Mets and Yankees are
giving us is canned sound. A home run hit by
Aaron Judge or Peter Alonso would feel more
authentic with cheering in the background.
Throwing out the first ball on opening day could
also be addressed. Both teams could invite Mayor
de Blasio cardboard of course to do the honors.
Cutouts have been known never to boo. If any
de Blasio fans are taking offense, let me explain:
It is baseball lore to boo all politicians who are
seen at games.
I hope that we can get the season in, but it
started out pretty shaky. The Toronto Blue Jays
had to cancel their home game in the Sky Dome
and 12 Miami Marlin players tested positive for
the virus forcing the cancelation of two games.
Due to Buffy’s not being open for breakfast, the
Men’s Club is being denied another baseball relat-ed
scene. Of course I’m referring to Jack Seveta
proudly arriving for breakfast wearing his 1998
Yankee sweatshirt after another Yankees victory.
I must confess that after watching a few innings
of the opening Mets and Yankee games I found
myself losing interest. As the season goes on I’m
sure that I’ll get into it. But until that happens, it’s
back to Netflix, HBO and Turner Classic Movies.
As the season entered its third week, both the
Mets and Yankees looked to be heading in their
usual directions. The Yankees look to another divi-sion
title and the Mets are on a downward spiral.
While watching the Yankees-Phillies game on
August 6, I noticed that the former Philadelphia
A’s manager Connie Mack was seated behind the
Phillies dugout. The TV camera panned in his
direction towards the end of the game and I was
surprised to see that Connie was still there. Quite an
accomplishment for a man who will be celebrating
his 158th birthday in December.
Baseball hopefully will make it to the end of its
schedule, and then it will be on to football.
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