Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB open 2021 season

Return to ‘normal’ no April Fools joke


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Jackson Dungan, Reporter

Thursday, the Major League Baseball season returned to its normal state on a day when some fans may have worried it was fake — April Fool’s Day.

As faithful pranksters were celebrating the first day of April with shenanigans and mischief, baseball fans had the choice of being a couch potato, glued to their TV, or luckier yet, once again occupying a seat in one the world’s greatest ballparks.

The season commenced with a matchup between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays with nearly 11,000 fans in attendance at Yankee Stadium.

Just as quickly as the game of baseball changed from Coronavirus, the excitement came rushing back as the Blue Jays took the Yankees into the tenth inning, winning a 3-2 ballgame to start the season.

Even with some fans back in March Madness arenas and limited attendance at MLB spring training games, it may take fans some time to get used to the true setting of a professional sports matchup.

During the pandemic, fans were left to rely on a dependable internet connection or cable service to see their favorite teams.  Now that fans are allowed back into venues, the atmosphere of sports is returning to its full glory.

With most ballparks still limiting attendance to allow for social distancing and lots of fans excited to see their teams in person, MLB tickets are a tough item to come by.

The Arizona Diamondbacks are allowing 20,000 attendees to their home opener against the Cincinnati Reds on April 9.  That number is greater than they had initially intended due to high demand.

Even though Chase Field will be filled to just under 50% of the stadium’s total capacity, expect that loyal D-Backs fans will show up and show out.

Unfortunately for them, Arizona fell just short in their season opener Thursday, with a solid outing and a tough loss against the San Diego Padres.

The Diamondbacks lost an epic battle with so many hits landed it seemed like a boxing match.

Both teams combined for 22 hits and 15 runs to start the season with a bang.

Arizona fans should be optimistic, even with the loss, at the team’s early offense, considering how they struggled to get their bats going last season.

However, Madison Bumgarner is once again cause for concern among Diamondback fans.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on seven hits while striking out six in four innings pitched.

The Diamondbacks look to retaliate against the Padres on Friday at 7:10 p.m (MST).