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Bradford William Davis: Closing roof at World Series with fans is another reckless choice in MLB's reckless year

By Bradford William Davis, New York Daily News on

Published in Baseball

ARLINGTON, Texas — On Friday, Major League Baseball closed the Globe Life Field roof before Game 3 of the World Series to protect 11,000 fans and thousands of other employees from the worst possible consequence of playing through a deadly pandemic known for spreading in closed, indoor spaces.

That's right, a rainout.

In a statement, MLB said the commissioner's office made the decision due to "Friday's forecasted temperatures, wind chill, and the possibility of rain."

As of 6:55 PM CT Central Time, AccuWeather estimated a 0% chance of precipitation during the game, with temperatures in the low to mid 50s projected throughout the duration of the game. My Weather Channel app said the same, but with a 5% chance of rain. So, sweater weather.

But even if MLB truly fears autumn weather might compromise the Fall Classic, the league could postpone the game one day. But the disruption of schedule likely means less brisket sandwiches, Tex-Mex and Shin-Soo Choo jerseys for sale at the neutral site.

Every few weeks, I write a version of this story because the league has been reckless all year. Holding a game indoors, with fans, while the virus is peaking throughout the country and in Texas is another reckless MLB decision in a long string of them.

 

This is not the first time our trust has been violated. Early in the pandemic, the American public was shellshocked by the exponential rise in confirmed cases and grief of losing our friends, neighbors and loved ones, and knew so little about the pandemic's spread. We were misinformed by government officials who were waffling between discouraging and imploring mask usage, Clorox-cocktails from the White House, or politicians like Bill de Blasio urging his constituents to catch a movie instead of, you know, not dying.

Thirty-three thousand New Yorkers paid the ultimate price because a few too many intentionally or otherwise, followed the Mayor's advice. Two-hundred thousand Americans will never go to a sporting event on this side of eternity in part because the President treated it like a hoax.

It was a confusing time then, and there is still so much we don't understand about the virus. But there's one thing we know really well now that we didn't know then — when we're around other people, it's far better to be outside than inside.

As Zach Binney, an epidemiology PhD and Emory University professor, told the News on Friday, "I don't know how much it increases the risk over what it would be with the roof open, but I feel confident in saying it doesn't help."

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