Rockies all-stars Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story own two of the greatest opening-day performances in major-league history. So imagine how they felt Thursday when they didn’t get to play baseball.
“I feel kind of lost,” Blackmon said.
“It’s bizarre,” Story said.
The Rockies were scheduled to play at San Diego’s Petco Park but the coronavirus pandemic has everyone’s normal lives in limbo. While both players stressed how important it is to follow the public guidelines put in place to combat the virus, they nonetheless missed the goosebumps that come with the season’s first game.
“I have never watched so much news in life,” Blackmon said. “I’m glued to the TV and radio and I’m trying to keep up with the situation. That’s important.
“But this is kind of like a rain delay and you just aren’t sure what to do. I’m usually very scheduled and have a specific timeline of events in my day. Now I’m kind of flying by the seat of my pants. Just not knowing when we are going to start playing again is tough.”
When the Rockies’ Salt River Fields spring training complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., was shut down March 18, Blackmon decided to drive to Denver rather than possibly exposing himself to the virus by flying to his home in Georgia. He’s been working out daily, trying to maintain an edge, but it’s a strange new world.
Story, back home in his native Texas, has become even more aware of how blessed he is to play baseball for a living.
“Baseball is being missed very, very badly, but at the same time, it does give you a new appreciation of what we get to do for a living,” he said. “But for a lot of us, it’s much more than that. It’s our passion and it’s our first love. Baseball is a part of me, so when you are missing games it feels really weird.”