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SnakeBytes 3/13: SUSPENDED

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There will be no cheers in Mudville, or anywhere else for that matter.

MLB: Spring Training-Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks The Arizona Republic-USA TODAY NETWORK via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Such a strange mix of emotions over the past 24 hours. On the one hand, it’s a huge disappointment. We stare out the window and wait for spring, but winter just got a lot longer. On the other, relief. It’s the right call, and I think most people know that. It’s such a conflict of emotions that I frankly don’t know what to feel. I guess my personal goal should be trying to get a refund for my ticket to Opening Day, but I haven’t yet.

Maybe, the reason I haven’t yet is because while it seems so huge, it also feels so inconsequential. The World is descending into chaos. Entire countries are closing. President Trump is suspending all travel to Europe. Neither love nor money can buy you a roll of toilet paper at your local grocery store right now. I’m a restaurant manager. I also have chronic bronchitis due to my allergies. The fear on my guest’s faces when they see me cough, even though I immediately wash my hands, is heartbreaking. Our species is gripped by fear, so it makes the suspension of a simple children’s game seem meaningless in comparison.

As it always is, though, and as it should be, baseball will be waiting to welcome us back when things go back to normal, whenever and whatever that ends up being. It provided a rallying point after 9/11, it will do so again now, of that I have no doubt. In the meantime, though, take care of yourselves. Wash your hands. No, I’m serious. Go wash them again. Make sure you have food. Call your parents. Call your friends. Support each other, even if it is from a distance.

I have no links for you today. There is only one story in the world right now, and we all know what it is. Use this as an open thread to discuss any updates that came out over night after I wrote this. Instead, I’ll leave you with a quote from Doctor Who, one that I hope guides all of us in these trying times

Never be cruel, never be cowardly. Remember – hate is always foolish…and love is always wise.

Always try to be nice and never fail to be kind.