The rain won’t stop, people are dying in Houston, and thousands more are missing in one of the largest natural disasters America has ever faced. And we’re supposed to be worried about baseball? We are actually engaging in a petty feud on whether the Texas Rangers should have agreed to flip-flop a three-game series with the Houston Astros while people are coping with a disaster around them. Are you kidding me? Please. Enough. Stop it. It’s not a “tragedy’’ that the Astros will have to travel an extra week during their schedule, spending six games and days in St. Petersburg, Fla., instead of playing at their home ballpark of Minute Maid Park in Houston. That’s an absolute insult to the millions of people of Houston. This is no more than an inconvenience. A tiny, miniscule nuisance involving millionaire ballplayers in a $10 billion business. Complain about your hardship staying in a five-star resort this week while one of the most destructive storms in the nation’s history has ravaged the fourth-largest city in the country, with people still being rescued from rooftops, 30,000 taking refuge in emergency shelters, and hundreds of thousands still without power, and nearly a half-million people expected to apply for federal assistance? You kidding? Sure, there will be plenty of sympathy within Major League Baseball that the Astros lost a home stand and will spend a total of 19 games and 21 consecutive days on the road. They will be away from their families, at least until the Houston airports re-open, and when they finally return home, Houston won’t look anything like it did when they left.
It's only baseball: Backlash over Rangers/Astros flap is totally misguided
USA Today | Aug 29