The most fun time of the college baseball season was coming.
Just weeks ago, most of New England’s programs were completing or had recently completed their trips to warmer climates and were preparing to open their conference schedules. It was time to come home and play before friendly faces, but then the world changed.
The coronavirus pandemic forced seasons to be canceled, student-athletes to shuffle home and complete their semesters of study virtually, and put a pause on recruiting all across the country.
For volunteer assistant coaches throughout the region, the baseball field isn’t always their only office. Coaching, recruiting, etc., often fall alongside responsibilities in other fields, so the season’s sudden end is only part of a change to what — for the time being, anyway — is our “new reality.”