The first launch of the Major League Baseball season is traditionally assigned to an illustrious personality, starting with the presidents. This year, honor went to Anthony Fauci, a member of the American anti-Covid-19 task force.
The American virologist kicked off the match between the Nationals and Yankees, wearing the uniform of Washington. The result of its launch, however, was not the best.
Finally the new season!
USA wants to start again: United States will find a strong reason to get excited in the game of tradition.
Major League baseball is ready to start again, with the Washington Nationals as defending champion, after the crazy final won against Houston in 2019. The season that has not resumed in the spring in the year of Covid, will now have a compressed championship in just over 3 months, with a regular season of 60 matches, with playoffs that confirm the 10-team format.
The world will return to see the best players and the most loved teams in action. It will be played in facilities without crowds, with rules that must guarantee the safety of players and staff. Each team will have its own stadium, except Toronto to avoid crossing the Canadian border and facing more complicated situations to manage.
The schedule has been designed to allow teams to make minimal trips to nearby cities. Each team will have its bubble, safety is an obligation, the show is however a certainty. Yankees have prepared themselves by regaining confidence with the home run in training, they are the most anticipated team, the one with the most fans in the world and they have to bear the weight of a title that has not arrived since 2009.
An eternity for New York. Now they have everything to do it. In the American League they will still find Houston as opponents but pay attention to the Minnesota Twins and their amazing attack. In the National League it will be a difficult life for the Washington champions, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the team on the card clearly stronger.
All for granted? Not at all. The predictions in baseball are often denied, as always many leave knowing that they have a chance. Whoever misses this time won't have time to fix it. A final with Yankees and Dodgers would be an extraordinary, historic event, in an already historic year for a thousand reasons.
We will discover them all starting from Thursday 23 July. The opening game of the season between Washington Nationals, reigning champions and the New York Yankees, was live on the night between Thursday and Friday at 1.00.
Immediately a highly anticipated confrontation, made even more intriguing by the confrontation on the launching mountain between two pitchers like Cole and Scherzer, two aces on which many of the two teams' chances of victory are based.
In particular, Gerrit Cole is the main reason why the Yankees, already very strong and offensively overflowing in recent seasons, start as the team to beat. On 25 July instead Chicago Cubs against Milwaukee Brewers, practically a derby since the two cities are separated only by 150 km.
The Cubs are under reconstruction, entrusted to David Ross who made the club's history as a catcher and will now try to bring them back to the playoffs, which failed last year. Brewers can play their cards in a division like NL Central which has no dominant teams and remains open to any possibility.