On Tuesday of this week, reports of Major League Baseball’s latest plan to start the season with a target date of July surfaced, bringing some hope that sports may resume soon.
Yet, on Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci — Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and lead doctor of the White House’s coronavirus task force – cautioned that we may be without sport for the entire year.
This is the opposite of what Fauci had said just a couple weeks ago, leaving many sports fans confused and frustrated.
Among those is WFAN’s Boomer Esiason, who opened Thursday’s “Boomer and Gio” show expressing his confusion on where Fauci stands with the return of sports.
“I know what he’s saying, but he’s saying something different this week than he did last week,” Esiason said. “It’s got [Yankees president] Randy Levine confused, I think it has sports fans confused, I know it has me confused because I’m not really sure what’s going on.
“He basically said … safety for the players and fans trumps everything. If you can’t guarantee safety, unfortunately you’re going to have to bite the bullet and say we may have to go without sports for the season. I would love to be able to have all sports back, but as a health official, as a physician, and as a scientist, when you look at the country, right now, we’re not ready for that.”
Gio wondered what Fauci means by “right now?” Whether sports can return tomorrow, or at all in the summer?
He added that Fauci does not typically give definitive answers because things are constantly changing, and may have been talking in hypotheticals.
“The guy is based in fact, he is a doctor, he looks at all sorts of charts and data and projects things and he does not like to give a definitive statement one way or another unless he truly believes it,” Gio said. “There was one time he was on the YES Network with Jack Curry and he said, ‘Sure, is it conceivable if we have sport some time in the late summer or some time during the summer? Sure, if these things happen.’ Now he’s saying the other side of it, and you’re right, it’s confusing and I wish there was more consistency there, but he’s saying, ‘Sure, it’s conceivable we don’t have sports if we can’t create a safe environment.’”