BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Boston Red Sox will be hosting two exhibition games against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
Tuesday night will give a lot of fans an idea of what the current season will look like for America’s past time. The biggest change is something you’ll be able to notice quickly, no fans allowed in all stadiums across the league.
The Boston Red Sox will be playing the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday night in what will be their first game against an opposing team since the season was put on hold due to COVID-19, when the Red Sox were down in Fort Myers for spring training back in March.
Here’s how the game will look different for the players across the MLB. The season has been shortened significantly from 162 games to just 60. Safety protocols include a ban of spitting, no high fives or fist bumps and all players, coaches and staff will be tested for COVID-19 every other day during Summer Camp, the regular season and postseason.
22News spoke with Sox fans about these new protocols and changes to a shortened season.
“You gotta do what you gotta do to get the season going. I’m okay with it, no fist bumping, no spitting. Baseball is such a historic sport, so 162 is a grind, so with 60 games, every game matters. There’s going to be more intensity and I think it’s going to make baseball must watch TV this summer.”Drew Handstedt, Boston
“With an exhibition game tonight, this place would’ve been packed. Went to a restaurant and peaked into the field and there was no one there. It doesn’t feel the same, it doesn’t have the vibe or the action you’re used to here”Alan Rathbun, Boston
Although there are no fans in stands, there will be players. Players and other team personnel not participating in the game will be sitting in the stands, at least six feet apart.
According to MLB.com, any player who tests positive will not be allowed to return until he tests negative twice.
The Boston Red Sox is scheduled to begin its 2020 opening season on Friday, July 24 against the Baltimore Orioles at 7:30 p.m.