Carleton: A season to mourn

From Russell Carleton at Baseball Prospectus on April 14, 2020:

Back in February—in fact, it was on the day that pitchers and catchers started reporting—I opened up the Atlanta baseball schedule and started planning out my 2020 trips to the ballpark with my daughters. I looked for the Friday night games (fireworks!) and for the Saturday afternoon matinees and maybe the odd Thursday noontime getaway day game where I could call off work and spend the day at the park. At dinner that night, I told them that I had started looking up games if they were still interested. They were all delighted. My youngest daughter would finally be old enough to go to a night game.

None of that is going to happen this year.

We are living in a time of widespread grief. We are all mourning something. In addition to telling my kids that trips to Truist Park weren’t likely to happen this year, we also had to talk about probably canceled birthday parties and trips to see Grandma and Grandpa. This hasn’t been easy on anyone, and whether big or small, grief is real.

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Originally published: April 15, 2020. Last Updated: April 15, 2020.