As we wait and wait for our beloved Dodgers to return, every whisper of news is a sliver of hope.
With that said, on Wednesday morning, Dr. Anthony Fauci — who is the top expert in our nation’s infectious diseases and one of the main faces and names you hear about fighting the coronavirus — stated that the only way to hold sports this summer is to have no fans in attendance and to keep players in hotels.
In an interview with Snapchat’s Peter Hambry, Dr. Fauci stated that “There was a way of doing that”, meaning how to get sports rolling with the idea of a “biosphere” like process.
“Nobody comes to the stadium. Put [the players] in big hotels, wherever you want to play, keep them very well surveilled. … Have them tested every single week and make sure they don’t wind up infecting each other or their family, and just let them play the season out.”
Fauci also thinks that fans are so eager to get sports rolling, that they are willing to watch even if they cannot attend games. MLB has been toying with ideas to get the season started by hosting games in different areas such as Arizona with a restructured league set up as well as going as far as Japan, where the virus has seemed to level off. On Tuesday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said that his state is willing to host all 30 MLB teams if all conditions allow it.
Los Angeles Dodgers fans are just as eager, and of course impatient, for the season to get started after such promising additions to the team in Mookie Betts and David Price. Prior to the pandemic precautious, the Dodgers were favorites to make it back to the World Series with high hopes of winning it all. Already losing out on the All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium, having a shortened season is really better than having nothing at all.