Quarantine IV: Opening Day
March 26th, 2020 was a date marked in the calendar of many fans in America as the Opening day for MLB.
These days are always special for any sports as it allows us to see our favorite sport coming back after a long break. It is so magic that it can turn a frozen spring day at Fenway Park into a warm reminder that summer is around the corner.
Since mid-March, the Coronavirus not only left the world without watching sports leagues on the planet, but also all kinds of athletes without practicing any group sport. Sadly, we would be able to answer a question only imaginable in worst nightmares: How would be a world without any Sports?
Sports have played a fundamental role in our society since childhood. Disciplines that allowed us to explore interests and abilities. Coaches that shaped our temperance with discipline and hard work. Games that test our preparation and, above all, allowed us to fail.
Failing in a controlled environment teaches us that in life there are people better prepared than us and that failure is not permanent, we will have chances to get better and to prove it. “Never give up! Failure and rejection are only the first steps to succeeding.”
As adults, Sport comes with beautiful rivalries. Those games that stop the league and make us forget about the standings: RedSox-Yankees, Barcelona-Madrid, Lakers-Celtics, Nadal-Federer, Boca-River, Magallanes-Caracas. I grew up watching my grandfather and his lifelong best friend with that love-hate before, during and after those games.
Thanks to them, I learned that rivalry is a partnership in disguise. That you can yell and curse as much as you want, but when they turn off the lights of the stadium, we all go back to love and care about each other.
We may have empty stadiums for a while, but it is up to us to keep the values that sports have taught us.
Let’s think as if we are just having a collective off-season and, my Sweet Caroline, I guarantee you that the Opening day when sports return will taste “So good, So good”#salamandersway #survivor #sports #hope #fenwaypark #magallanespatodoelmundo #coronavirus #jimvalvano #sweetcaroline #openingday #mandela