The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc across all aspects of everyday life for the past 18 months and more. The world of baseball has been no exception, with the 2020 MLB season shortened to only 60 games, being delayed by nearly four months and teams playing crucial games in empty ballparks. With COVID-19 not going away any time soon, similar adjustments have been made to the current 2021 season; however, it is still possible for you to make the most out of the 2021 MLB season even around the COVID-19 restrictions.
Play fantasy baseball
If you are unable to get into the ballpark this season, a baseball manager game will bring the excitement of the ballpark directly to you. A fantasy baseball game allows you to live out your baseball manager dreams by picking out your dream team from over 18,000 past and present players from the entire history of Major League Baseball. Want Willie Mays playing alongside Mike Schmidt? No problem! Baseball manager games enable you to experiment and see exactly what the perfect MLB dream team would be, and can be played both online and via an app.
Become acquainted with MLB 2021 rule changes
Certain COVID-19 related rule changes have been made to the 2021 MLB season. Perhaps the biggest is the return to 10 teams in the field rather than 16, as the expanded postseason seen in 2020 making up for the delayed season will not return for 2021. Look into the other MLB 2021 season rule changes to ensure that you remain on top of what is going on during the games.
Look into ballpark attendance
Fans were not allowed into the ballpark to watch their teams for the duration of the 2020 season in an effort to prevent the spread of the virus. For the 2021 season, fans are cautiously being allowed back into the stadiums, depending on state COVID-19 restrictions and the preferences of individual teams. For example, the N.Y. Yankees are currently allowing 20% stadium capacity and governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that attendees will require either a proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test. Make sure that you regularly check out every team’s plan for in-person attendance if you are planning on booking tickets to the ballpark, as this can change depending on government guidance.
Organize a viewing party with friends
If you are unable to score tickets to the ballpark – or simply do not want to risk it – you can recreate the atmosphere at home by organizing a viewing party with friends when there is a game on. Stock your refrigerator with plenty of cool beers and prepare some chips and dips for snacks in case anyone gets hungry.
With the TV screening giving you a better view of the pitch at all different angles, rather than straining to catch a glimpse from high up in the stands, you might find that you prefer watching at home with your friends.