Baseball is back: What it looks like and where the Blue Jays are playing

Story by CBC Kids News • Published 2020-07-24 13:29

Players from several teams took a knee before national anthem on Thursday

The Toronto Blue Jays are back in action tonight, as the Major League Baseball season launched into gear yesterday.

The Jays will face off against the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida.

The team confirmed on Friday they will play most of their home games in Buffalo, New York.

What baseball looks like during the pandemic

The league started up with some significant changes.

The most noticeable one: there were no fans in the stadium, and the sounds of cheering are played over the loudspeaker.

In Los Angeles, the Dodgers played the San Francisco Giants in front of cardboard cut-outs. (Image credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

There’s no spitting or high fives allowed.

Tweet from Travis Shaw: 2020 has added on skill to my resume: hold in coughs. This is what every locker room looks like now if you cough or breathe wrong. GIF of someone spraying an aerosol can.

The regular season will also be shorter than usual.

Despite this, players were excited.

A baseball player doing a dance on the mound.

Players kneel together

Players, managers and coaches from several teams took a knee before the national anthem as a symbol of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

“We wanted to do something united, something together,” said Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees.

Tweet with picture of baseball players wearing t-shirts that say Black Lives Matter

Members of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants kneel before their game. (Image credit: Harry How/Getty Images)

Players from the Washington Nationals and New York Yankees wore Black Lives Matter shirts during practice.

What about the Toronto Blue Jays?

The Blue Jays will begin a three-game road trip against the Rays before they head to Washington for two games.

They play their first “home” game on July 29 in Buffalo.

Because of the coronavirus, they can’t travel back and forth between Toronto and the U.S.

They’ll play at the Sahen Field, home of the Triple A Buffalo Bisons.

The Jays are pumped.

Instagram image of player with text that reads We are ready! fans are ready! The coaches are ready! We need baseball

“It’s been a stressful time for everybody,” said shortstop Bo Bichette in an Instagram post recently. “We hope that baseball can bring back a little bit more joy and excitement to everybody this summer.”

Game on!

With files from CBC News and The Associated Press

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