America’s pastime: here’s what they’ve done to it

Writes Tom Woods:

What’s happening to Major League Baseball is pitiful.

I haven’t followed professional sports since I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, in the days of Bill Buckner. And no, I do not blame him for the World Series loss in 1986 — if it hadn’t been for Buckner the Red Sox wouldn’t even have been in the series.

Anyway, that’s not the point.

The NFL recently announced its fall schedule, complete with the expectation of fans in the stands. Whether they’re able to carry through with that is another matter, but that’s the plan.

Baseball, on the other hand, is looking rather different.

Here are some of the new rules.

— No mascots.

— No fans.

— No spitting.

— Masks to be worn by batting practice pitchers.

— Nobody may touch his face to give signs.

— Players must “social distance” during the national anthem.

— Showering on premises is discouraged.

— No socializing with opponents.

— Lockers should be six feet apart.

— No restaurants, no hotel restaurants, and no hotel gyms.

— No high-fives, fist bumps, or hugs.

There are more — plenty more — but that gives you the idea of this dystopian parody of America’s pastime.

Who in his right mind would watch this?

Meanwhile, the reopening states continue to do well. Meanwhile part two, the media fawns over New York’s Andrew Cuomo, who sent contagious COVID patients into nursing homes that were not allowed to refuse them, while calling Florida’s Ron DeSantis “reckless.”