Keeler: Think you’re lonely? Try being a Rockies scout with no Opening Day

The Rockies should be in San Diego. Jay Matthews should be in Athens. Louisville. Somewhere. Anywhere.

“I get up and I go, ‘I know I’ve got to be someplace,’” Matthews, the longtime Rockies scout and national cross-checker, said by phone from greater Charlotte, where he’s locked down, too. “I’d get my travel ready to go, but there’s nowhere to go. There’s no baseball to watch.

“Part of our job is, we’re weathermen, too. So you’d get up and say, ‘Dang, I’ve got a great day to watch baseball.’ But there’s no baseball to be played.”

This is when the weird gets cranked up a notch. Unlike the NCAA Tournament, at least COVID-19 didn’t walk in and drive a wooden stake right through the heart of Opening Day. Yet.

The Rockies are the movie you paused about 16 minutes in, the can that keeps getting kicked farther down the road.

The curtain was scheduled to go up Thursday. It might be June 1 now. Might be July 1. Might be never.

While the Lords of MLB are trying to put a brave public face on a giant mess, Yahoo Sports reported earlier this week that the mid-summer classic, the 2020 All-Star game, is likely to be played well after the middle of the summer has come and gone.

And Dick Monfort’s 94-win promise is going to be a beast to catch with all of March and April’s games cast to the wind.

“It’s an adjustment with no end in sight, really,” Matthews said. “You just go day-to-day, look forward to the next day and see what happens.