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Thursday, September 17, 2020

Rob Manfred says he hopes fans will be able to attend LCS, World Series games

Although MLB has yet to finalize reported plans for postseason bubbles in California and Texas, league commissioner Rob Manfred is already pondering the idea of fans back in the seats for most meaningful playoff games.

“I’m hopeful that the World Series and the LCS we will have limited fan capacity. I think it’s important for us to start back down the road. Obviously it’ll be limited numbers, socially distanced, protection provided for the fans in terms of temperature checks and the like. Kind of the pods like you saw in some of the NFL games. We’ll probably use that same theory. But I do think it’s important as we look forward to 2021 to get back to the idea that live sports, they’re generally outdoors, at least our games. And it’s something that we can get back to.”

Considering that they’re also planning on the playoff bubble, you also have to figure out holding multiple games in a single facility in a single day.

Greg Pope Posted: September 17, 2020 at 01:38 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: bubbles, covid-19, manfred is thinking about it, playoffs

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   1. flournoy Posted: September 17, 2020 at 02:01 PM (#5977242)
"Limited fan capacity" means a handful of celebrities who are starring in whatever else the networks are trying to advertise.
   2. SoSH U at work Posted: September 17, 2020 at 02:06 PM (#5977243)
Hey Rangers fans, come out to the ballpark tonight to watch the Marlins face the Phillies.

   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 17, 2020 at 02:31 PM (#5977254)
   4. Astroenteritis Posted: September 17, 2020 at 03:21 PM (#5977279)
Well, it would be fun to see an influx of Dodger fans at Minute Maid Park.
   5. Rally Posted: September 17, 2020 at 04:17 PM (#5977299)
Something does not compute.

A postseason bubble, as opposed to teams playing in their regular park or AAA park, indicates that more serious measures need to be taken to prevent infections.

Having fans at the game indicates exactly the opposite. This is something you do when conditions are better, and you don't need to do things like force all players into a bubble.

So which is it, Manfred?
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 17, 2020 at 04:27 PM (#5977304)
Having fans at the game indicates exactly the opposite. This is something you do when conditions are better, and you don't need to do things like force all players into a bubble.
The ceremonial fans won’t have any contact with players, or even staff who have contact with players. It’s a tiny bit of symbolism, or perhaps an effort to give a few people a pleasant playoff baseball experience. Maybe that makes people more likely to buy 2021 tickets, despite the continued uncertainty.
   7. BDC Posted: September 17, 2020 at 05:13 PM (#5977314)
Interesting. I wondered about this ... of course I have not gotten to luxuriate at my dome at all yet, so it would be interesting if my first visit could be for a neutral-site World Series game. I will keep an eye out for tickets.

But I think flournoy and Clapper are right, they will be hand-picked celebrity fans, not random locals.
   8. Walt Davis Posted: September 17, 2020 at 05:51 PM (#5977324)
Enter the sweepstakes and you will have a chance to catch Covid from Jimmy Smits!!

Rally ... kinda independent. The extra security of the bubble is meant to avoid the problem of what do you do if a playoff team catches covid in the middle of it all, not exactly the covid risk itself. A single infection on the Dodgers knocks them out of the playoffs (or really screws up the TV schedule or forces them into 2 series in one week) while 5 infected fans don't matter to MLB or the networks.
   9. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: September 17, 2020 at 11:57 PM (#5977412)
assume the A/C stays on in October in Arlington? Not like when I went to college and it was summarily shut off in the dorms on 10/1 regardless of the fact that 90 degree days were not too uncommon.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: September 18, 2020 at 12:20 AM (#5977417)
assume the A/C stays on in October in Arlington? Not like when I went to college and it was summarily shut off in the dorms on 10/1 regardless of the fact that 90 degree days were not too uncommon.

go figure, but it was almost 60 degrees on the day of the Meadowlands Super Bowl 2014.

not so bad - except about 30,000 traveling Seahawks and Broncos fans who had been warned of a winter storm (which dumped 6+ inches of snow the next day, to delay all their flights home) followed instructions to take mass transit from their NYC hotels to the game.

the parking lot wound up half-empty, while a normally dead Sunday at the train transfer station had a mass influx of fans in winter coats and no AC because - hell, it was February in NJ.

the result was... not pretty.

Jimmy Smits!

mid-1990s NBA All-Star Game weekend in Cleveland, and that is one of many cities that have airports (even pre-9-11) that can't handle an event of that size.

so the security line the morning after, even in that innocent era, was endless.

of course, pilots and flight attendants and such have their own pathway.

and after long waits on line for the riff raff, Smits pops in - and they whisk him through the pilots line immediately.

annoying - but he was a very big star at the time. if he had to wait with the commoners, he could have been ... er, set upon by some of the adoring pending passengers.
   11. Rally Posted: September 18, 2020 at 01:43 PM (#5977493)
annoying - but he was a very big star at the time.


Not so much ever since the empire blew up Alderaan.
   12. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: September 18, 2020 at 01:46 PM (#5977495)

Not so much ever since the empire blew up Alderaan.


Hell, he really was spread all over the galaxy after that.

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