I hear the peak is coming soon and it will be rough. Here in Quebec, we have the most reported cases in Canada and 94 deaths thus far. We all pretend we have the virus. Households avoid each other. Twice this week I saw drive-by birthday parties. Balloons and honking as they approach houses and stop for 3 minutes before driving away. It seems as though everyone is respecting the Government measures here. I saw a note that Quebecers were the best in North America at isolating. I don't know if this is true. During my daily jog, I see rainbows in windows and chalk on driveways. "Ca va bien aller" they say. It will all be okay.
The spring weather has been generous so far and people have been walking in droves. I see people walking together apart. Couples walk across the street from other couples and talk. I jog between, trying to split the difference like a triple in the gap. My daughter and I throw and a father/daughter throw further up the street. A ball rolls away from the little girl to my daughter and she throws it back and looks at me. "Should I have touched it?" she asks me. "I guess not" I reply. A Tesla nearby with a couple inside are talking to another couple, 12-14 feet away. We're a compliant town. We're all outside together and yet so far apart. Conscious at all times of the virus we all pretend to have.
Quebec extended the shutdown until May 3rd. School is cancelled until then and will likely be cancelled for the spring. My oldest will likely miss graduation. A trip to Virginia. My youngest will likely miss her u16 AAA softball season and a chance to attend Nationals. A trip to Toledo and Buffalo are likely cancelled. We cross our fingers we can play in Canada but all signs point to extreme caution this summer. Who knows what this will look like in a week let alone 2 months.
I remain hopeful that a world with a single focus can overcome. I hear rumblings of treatment options. The agile private sector is trying to help produce medical equipment. The lumbering governments who were slow to get moving are picking up steam, relaxing red tape to allow for these treatment options. Maybe this will help. Maybe the virus will die in the summer. Maybe closing international borders for a while will secure a continent. I don't know. Nobody knows. But we all prepare for the worst and hope for the best and we protect those that we love and those who are at risk and we buy time for the high-achievers to achieve.
Though baseball is on hold, The Baseball Cube has flipped the turbo switch. There are many projects in full throttle. Some bigger than others. Here is a list of what is going on behind the scenes:
Stay safe and pray for 2020 baseball.