As more and more restrictions limit the number of people who can gather in one place, MLB cancelled the remainder of Spring Training and Grapefruit League play. Dunedin, home to our dear friends from the north, the Toronto Blue Jays has become nearly a ghost town.
Today, I needed to renew my library card before the libraries close so I drive down to the Dunedin Library which is next door to TD Ballpark. As I glanced over to the stadium, I could see the moving truck being loaded with equipment for the trip back north.
It hit me like a stone. It really IS over. I guess I was harboring a last glimmer of hope that they could come back for a week or two when the season restarts, whenever that is.
Now that hope is gone.
As we drove back up Douglas Avenue, I saw that the message on the sign has changed as well…
It really is over.
As I wrote for my article on the Phillies Fan Blog Ring The Bell,
It just feels wrong. It feels lonely. Hopefully, this situation will be over sooner than later, and we can return to what will surely be a “new normal” in both baseball and our lives. I long for any “normal” – but especially one that has baseball and crowds of fans in it.
You can read the full article on how it feels in the entire area now that Spring Training is over and the fans have left HERE.
Seeing the ballparks dark and so many places closed or with limited hours it’s starting to feel like you’re trapped in an episode of “The Walking Dead”. I like a busy March, with all the teams and the fans they bring much, much better.