Okay, so even though MLB completely disappointed me and thousands of other fans with their ridiculous decision to move the All Star game to Colorado, there is a spot of good news coming out of the Lone Star State. Because Texas no longer has any mask mandates or social-distancing requirements, Texas Rangers stadium filled TO FULL CAPACITY for their opening game yesterday! Boom! Baseball is back.
Of course, not everyone sees this as good news, but I certainly do. America needs it. America needs to feel normalcy returning, and baseball is one of those cultural pillars of the American experience that when it is absent is felt keenly by the nation. The return of baseball, as evidenced with the Texas Rangers game, signals a return to better days.
What about the risk of it being a super-spreader event? This of course is a good question, but I tend to believe that Americans should be guided by personal agency and local laws, both of which permitted such a large gathering at the Texas Rangers stadium yesterday.
Unfortunately, it seems that over the past year we’ve all become very accustomed to relying on governments to make decisions for us. Is this fair? Is this right? Is this moral? I’m not going to get into that here, but I encourage everyone to take a deep dive into understanding the laws that govern gathering as well as engaging in commerce. Perhaps I’ll get into that on another blog post on another day. More on that later.
Masks while drinking?
With that said, the Texas Rangers website did “require” fans to wear masks at the game “except when actively eating or drinking at their ticketed seats.”
So, I suppose the question is: What is the definition of “actively” in the context of “actively drinking.”
I’m an active member of my church, but that doesn’t mean I’m always at church. So does holding a drink in your hand between sips count as “actively drinking?”
Just a question.
Either way, I’m thrilled to see what’s happening in Texas.