The media obsession with the latest “thing” is nothing new to the world. I was talking to a person who had a young family member come back from the army almost 60 years ago and commit a horrendous crime against members of the family. He said they were grateful when Marilyn Monroe died because it knocked their family’s name out of the news.
And so it always seems to go whether it is natural disasters or terrorist acts or celebrity deaths or almost anything else you can name. The vultures circle and swarm and pick and pillage on one corpse until a newer, fresher corpse arrives.
And so it seems to be with the Astros cheating scandal. The “it” story that would not go away has been replaced by the “IT” story that will not go away – the coronavirus driven cancellation of the rest of the spring training games and the indefinite delay (don’t believe the two weeks) of the start of the regular season.
Is it wrong for fans to be glad for this respite from the “it” story? Well, no it isn’t. We did not do anything to cause the original situation and we have suffered through the worst off-season we could imagine. Now we face the delay and possibly, in the insanity of the current situation, the cancellation of a season we hoped would help our team regain the pride they threw away. There is nothing wrong with hoping the “it” story gets watered down or even drowned by the “IT” story.
This will continue to be a difficult time for all fans. Here at the blog we will do our best to fill the time with posts that distract or make you think.
It brings to mind something I read in the late great Roger Kahn’s Boys of Summer. He was talking about his start at the Herald Tribune when local high school sports were interrupted by what I remember as some type of strike. He asked his editor what he was supposed to cover with “it” (no sports) going on and his editor told him to cover “it”. And o he did.
So, if you have any special requests for this corner of your life – toss them out there as we work as a team to fill the void that “IT” has created.