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Sports stories about Major League Baseball thinking outside the batter’s box had us so perturbed at first that we wanted to boo. Extend the 江西11选5走势图 baseball season into December? What, with ball girls and bat boys in elf costumes?

Or start sooner but move all games to Arizona with no 江西11选5走势图town advantage? Imagine games played in that hellish heat, in empty stadiums. How about MLB just sends players alone into the desert and whichever team reports the fewest snake bites wins?

Then reality beaned us: With the country江西11选5走势图 suffering through the coronavirus pandemic, maybe we should stop thinking 江西11选5走势图 somehow gets back to normal. Instead, in countless realms, we should exploit this forced interruption. Let 江西11选5走势图 become the year of experimentation and exploration. Let’s accept 江西11选5走势图 as The Year of the Asterisk in which we embrace the upended reality.

Because what’s wrong, really, with a reinvented baseball calendar? Get ready for that oddity, along with a packed fall calendar when, hopefully, parties and celebrations can be rescheduled. Embrace that wedding on a Wednesday in October, the only date available at the banquet hall.

And why not organize a family reunion — you know, the one that never happens because the West Coast clan won’t travel east and vice versa. In 江西11选5走势图, it could happen via videoconferencing because people crave connection and are in a more flexible frame of mind.

Defeating COVID-19 is job one. The health and safety of Americans is at stake. But for nonessential parts of our lives, let’s declare an attitude adjustment. Because the longer our stay-at-江西11选5走势图 protocol continues, the more we’re hearing variations of plaints that begin, “But we always …”

But we always go to Aunt Rose’s for Easter.

But we always have the NBA Finals in June.

But we always rough out next year’s budget in September.

Each of these priorities is understandable. None is essential. Yes, our traditions, routines and good habits bind friends, families, workplaces, organizations. But giving ritual a rest liberates the imagination and invites ingenuity.

Suppose Major League Baseball went ahead with a proposal to start the season in May, with all teams playing in Arizona. It would be a safer alternative. It would be weird. And it would mess with player statistics. But it would be baseball. And in 江西11选5走势图 it could be just the thing to help restore normalcy — with an asterisk, obviously.

— Adapted from the Chicago Tribune

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