Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse, a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Nationals fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
So, what is it about baseball that you miss the most, with the majors shut down while the world tries to deal with the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic? SB Nation’s FanPulse voters were only given four things to choose from in this week’s polling. Is it just having games every night during the baseball season? Going to games? Getting to watch highlights of every game around the league? How about the dingers?
[ed. note - “Homers didn’t get a whole lot of support in this week’s voting.”]
That was just one of four questions for all the FanPulse voters to consider this week...
Personally, I miss getting to watch the Nationals’ rotation. Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, and Aníbal Sánchez were a joy to watch for most of the 2020 campaign, and I was looking forward to seeing if Joe Ross could claim that fifth spot, or if it would, more likely, have been a mix of Ross, Austin Voth, and Erick Fedde holding down the back end of the rotation (with maybe a Ben Braymer or some other prospect getting a start in the majors at some point). But FanPulse voters only had four options to choose from...
The other three questions this week dealt with how things will be handled when/if baseball is back at some point this summer. Will they extend the regular season into October so that they can play more games? And if they do, what about the idea of neutral sites for some of the postseason games so that they can play in warm weather in November? What about an idea like the one that was floated (and is reportedly being considered among other options) of playing regular season games in one place (Arizona was the city mentioned) where they could seclude themselves and play in the surrounding stadiums?
Are FanPulse voters okay with the idea of neutral site games in the regular season?
Obviously, the next question is then what do you think about neutral site postseason games at some point next Fall?
And the World Series? Should the Fall Classic be held in a neutral site as well?
If what voters miss the most is having games to watch (just about) every night, then it also makes sense that they’re fine with games being played in any way (though I’d add any way that’s safe for everyone involved), and I’m not sure that the idea that was floated, and MLB said in a subsequent press release is just one of several ideas under consideration, is really going to work with the way things are going these days. But whenever baseball is back on our TV (or laptop, or iPad really most of the time when we’re not at the park), we’ll be right there with everyone else who’s desperate to have it back as part of our daily lives.
What do you miss the most with no baseball to watch right now? And the idea of a neutral site for the regular season, postseason, or World Series? As always, feel free to share your thoughts below, FBB readers. Also, wash your hands and keep social distancing...
Where are you on these questions? If you didn’t participate in the FanPulse survey this week, you can still sign up above or HERE.