Even if the Oakland A’s players are unable to spend time with their families, they did manage to see them for a bit on Saturday.
It has to be difficult for every major league player this season. They have been essentially living in isolation, unable to see their friends and family when they are playing at home. Video calls and texts may help, but it is not quite the same.
The Oakland A’s certainly understand what it must be like to not have the family at the ballpark. On Saturday, they did the next best thing, having the player’s families give their introductions.
It is a brilliant gesture by the A’s. This way, they can keep the families involved, able to do more than root on their loved ones from the television screen.
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This is also something that should be done before every home game. It is a way for the players and their families to remain connected, a chance to see their loved ones cheering them on, even if only in a brief video. It can be a reminder that, although they are playing in relative isolation, they are not alone.
The A’s may have also started a nice trend throughout the game. It would be great to see each player introduced by their family during the starting lineups, or when entering the game in any capacity. It reminds us all that they are human as well, with families watching their every move and hoping that they can get through the season safely.
And maybe it can help us all remember that as well. Baseball is very much a game based on results, where having success at a particular moment can make a difference between winning and losing. But for the players, thoughts of their family and friends back home have to be in the back of their minds. Maybe these introductions can help, even just a bit.
The Oakland A’s did a brilliant thing in having the player’s families introduce them. This could be something that catches on around the league.