‘You’ve Got to Do as Best as You Can to Protect the Players’

‘You’ve Got to Do as Best as You Can to Protect the Players’

As far as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci Can recall, last season was the first time his life was almost completely devoid of watching baseball. “Much to my great pain,” he said in an interview with the New York Times on Friday evening. He later said, “It was really terrible.”

Before the coronavirus epidemic overturned the world and consumed his life, Fauci, a US government top infectious disease specialist and advisor to seven presidents, loved a job he had come from National Park, sipping an open beer A dog eating hot food and watching his beloved citizens. growing up, He used to play in the Brooklyn sandals, Followed the statistics of the Yankees and the recall players.

“My year is a completely lost year,” said 80-year-old Fauci. “I expect this coming year to be a little different, but it will depend on the dynamics of the outbreak.”

With spring training starting next week in Arizona and Florida – both consecutive virus hot spots – and in the Major League Baseball season starting April 1, Fauci discusses public health challenges, his optimism that a general A 162-game season can be played, he believes, that fans can return safely to outside stands and what he told baseball officials.

Despite not seeing much baseball last season, do you at least know how the nationals did? (After winning World series title in 2019, They went 26–34 in 2020 – tied for last in the National League East.)

Yes, a little disappointing. But we will come back.

From a health point of view, did you see and see together MLB and players handle 2020 season Without the Bubble – From early outbreaks on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals that threaten the season to tighten protocols and bubble conditions throughout the season?

Unfortunately, I can’t really comment intelligently on this because I was completely out of it. I feel badly because I am such a hardcore baseball fan, but I was completely out of it. I was currently working 19, 19 hours seven days a week. I did not have time.

Federal officials spoke separately to the MLB and the players’ union last week. Did you recommend that the weather be delayed or continue as planned?

I was not recommending one versus the other because it was very clear that there was tension between Major League Baseball Leadership and the Players Association – that the players wanted to move the season on schedule and there was some concern about whether they would or not It should be delayed, which will have salary and other implications. I could not attend it.

I only said that from a public health point of view, it looks like cases – if you look at the conspiracy of cases – they are at the peak, they are moving around and starting to come down. And chances are, the longer the time, the less and less cases we will see. As long as – until – and this is a possibility, we have an unexpected bounce out of something Variants. So I think it would be a really close call and I didn’t want to get into any controversy about delaying it or not delaying it.

I would just say that whatever you do, you do as good as you can to protect the players and people involved with the game because you don’t want them to get infected. As time passes, so will More and more vaccines are available. And I think the players and everyone else will be able to get vaccinated within a reasonable time. I don’t think that is going to happen before the season starts, but I think it will be something that is on the horizon.

Anyway, I do not want to take any side in any controversy because I think it is an empirical decision. This is actually a judgment call.

Do other professional sports leagues also ask for advice?

they all have. And that’s why I’m shaking the gun a little bit about it because it’s out of context. They ask me questions that are public health scientific questions, and I answer them based on solid scientific data. The decision they make is up to them.

although Matters running down, They are even higher when the 2020 season began on 23 July. So are you more or less optimistic that a 162 game long season can be completed?

The thing that I have some optimism about – but I have to underline that this is cautious optimism – is that even though the cases are high relative to this time last year, they are on a downward slope. And as it happens every day, it seems to get shorter and shorter. If you look a month or so ago, we had 300,000 to 400,000 cases a day. Now for the last few days, we have less than 100,000 cases, which are remarkably low.

So as the slope is going down, we are going in the right direction. Discuss the fact that we now have highly effective vaccines that are being rolled out. We are vaccinating more and more people each day. And we will have more and more vaccines available by week and months. So it seems that we are going in the right direction. Living in that direction or not depends on a set of things: do people want to be careful and implement health-related measures? What is going to happen with the variants? Can they make things more difficult by having an extra spike in infection? I do not know.

The big wild card in this is actually variants. Because Variant which is in UK It is probably going to be more effective in the US, with models telling us that it will probably happen by the end of March. If we do not follow the health of the public, then we can dominate the way we do. This is why I say that I am very optimistic because we can turn around and go in the opposite direction very quickly.

The rules may vary in different communities, but what do you think of the possibility that fans will be there during the stand spring training And this Regular seasonThe

The positive aspect of baseball is that most of it is outsider. And if you give people space well, you get people to wear masks, you have situations that people don’t rush to each other at concessions so that food and things can be found, you can do it Can pull very safely, I believe.

New York Government. Andrew M. Kumo Announced starting 23 FebruaryArenas with 10,000 or more seats and stadiums can host 10 percent of the venue’s capacity, with testing, distancing and face covering requirements. is it fair?

If you are going to do it indoor, you have much less capacity than outdoor it. Outdoor is a large safety valve in the sense of transmission of respiratory disease. Outdoor is always better than indoor.

As an avid national fan, would you go back to National Park to watch a game this season?

This will depend entirely on the level of virus in the community. If every time you see Newspaper chart Regarding the transition, it keeps going up and down and down, so long as I’m getting ready to go to a game – where, for me, it’s hot enough to go to a game – I’m pretty well I can decide that I want to go to the stand. But then, in the midst of the cold month of February it is hard to decide what you can do in March or April because you have no idea what the level of infection is going to be.

On the final note, do you want to throw a more formal first pitch after last year Wrong toss In National Park on opening day?

I would like the opportunity to redeem myself. (laughing.)

Have you been given that opportunity?

No, he has not mentioned anything about it yet.

Are you at least practicing in the meantime?

I haven’t done. The problem was why I called it so bad: I practiced so I hurt my arm.



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