This coming Thursday was supposed to deliver Gerrit Cole overpowering a dreadful Orioles lineup at Camden Yards on Opening Day in the free-agent prize’s debut for the Yankees.
Gleyber Torres’ first crack at replacing Didi Gregorius as the Yankees’ shortstop in a game that counted was going to be heavily scrutinized after he exhibited shaky defense under Florida’s palm trees.
For one game, what remains a ballpark jewel in Baltimore was going to buzz on a day a lot of folks believe is much more meaningful than New Year’s.
Because the spread of COVID-19 has forced MLB to delay the start of the season, however, Cole won’t dominate, Torres won’t charge a ball and baseball won’t be featured in the Inner Harbor.
This will be the first time since 1995 when the Opening Day won’t be played as originally scheduled. Then, it was because of a work stoppage that began the previous September and canceled the 1994 World Series. That was in front of us with the players and owners at each other’s throats and highlighted by the owners’ asinine creation of replacement players, who masqueraded as big leaguers until the sides settled at the 11th hour.
This time, it is a…