Magazine April 20, 2020, Issue

Time to Pass without Our Pastime 

An unused practice field at the New York Yankees’ spring-training facility in Tampa, Fla., March 13 (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
Life without baseball and other sports

One day in November or December of last year, one Chinese person got excited about a very special meal. And that’s why my family is subject to sudden-onset homeschooling. That is why my wife is now my barber. That’s why I pass a bleach wipe over the edge of a pizza box delivered to my door. That’s why a thousand people are reported dead in Italy every few days, why seemingly half of the Iranian government is ill. That’s why the prime minister of the United Kingdom — also ill — is confining his nation, the one that invented freedom,

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