WASHINGTON – Opening day, already five days late, began with a meet-and-greet between Ace Max Scherzer and his recently signed owner Jonathan Lockroy, and ended with Davey Martinez hoisting franchise player Juan Soto off the ground with joy. For a moment, he acts as if he doesn’t want to leave her. On Tuesday afternoon, the Washington National Team was finally able to play baseball, the last of the 30 major teams in the league to take the field and the only individual to reside in what can only be described as the middle center of the major leagues is no longer 2019 – but due to the fact that the global pandemic Preventing their fans from seeing a banner flying high over Nationals Park, they raised another pre-match toast for their first team in the World Series. 2020 – However, COVID-19, while being hit, has not yet spread, so four citizens who have tested positive for the coronavirus and seven others who have been reported for contact tracing have not been near the stadium, it’s 2021, Josh Bell and Kyle Schwarber are supposed to represent Turning the page from a growing mysterious race to a pentagonal battle for the Eastern National League, instead, they are in the group of mighty vets confined to the sidelines, 11 temps take their place, five pressed into service against first-division champions Atlanta Braves . San Diego Padres: Fernando Tates Jr. avoids surgery but is heading to the list of injured people. A huge obstacle in the battle of COVID-19, Pandemic baseball is not a way to live, which is why players – even some reluctantly – are lining up for vaccinations, adhering to protocols and a desire to avoid what happened to the citizens : The start of the season outbreak and this is a tribute to the volatile nature of the terrible virus, so they played the # 1 game after many teams had five in the books and discovered that this year of baseball transformation – midway through the pandemic at least – doesn’t have to be like that. nightmare. 3 hours and 10 minutes later, after off work most of last week, Soto devoured a fast 3 and 0 ball from Braves loyal Will Smith, drove Victor Robles home with the winning round, and the citizens already felt the difference from a bleak and loser 2020, the crowd was , Which was not 5000 people due to local regulations, rise as loud as they could. Soto’s teammates scrambled to hideout in search of attacking the game-winning champ after his first exit in his career – despite a passion that Martinez said he was invisible in last year’s 60 matches, and after Soto pulled out of his jubilant companions. , 6-5 victory holder, Martinez cut his way and embraced it – days and days of pandemic lists and logistics give way to exhausting joy, if this is what baseball will look like in 2021, consider it an important upgrade if it is temporary Martinez said of the opening match that started With a bunch of 19-player deals that ended with a 3-0 and 5-4 comeback. “It ended really well. I’ll rest, sit at my desk enjoying a glass of wine.” I didn’t want to play any more roles. We have two games tomorrow. “Martinez’s sobering message – well, maybe with a little bit of Cabernet Sauvignon – was a reminder that the Citizens and the Braves would play two games on Wednesday, because they hadn’t played quite well on Mondays. It was a reminder that at some point, they’d have to make three matches for the New York Mets after they had An opening three-game series was eliminated as the Citizens and MLB tried to put their arms around a greased pig. The COVID-19 outbreak that unfortunately planted itself when the club came home from spring training, this make-up will come just in time. It was the # 1 win for many to savor. Start with Lockroy.the veteran catch has been waiting for a job – admittedly he’s looking to carrot the 10 years of service time in the major league and the pension that comes with it, he’s just days away from this mark, yet he knows he might not come with the citizens Scherzer indicated that Alex Avila and Jan Gomez should not be removed from the Catchers team for too long because they are waiting for the permit, and perhaps that is why Lockroy was unable to refer to the citizens as “we” on Wednesday. Instead, Keanu Reeves was the source. Important E, “I feel like a mercenary, sort of,” Lockroy said, “like Shane Falco in” Alternatives. ” But hey, I play baseball. It’d be cool, regardless. Nearly 10 years (service), I’m almost done, and I’m OK with whatever happens. “These guys have their own club. I’m just happy to be a small part of it now.” Turns out Lockroy led the first half of the season by doubling the second half, even as he initially struggled to peck with Scherzer, who made four singles home runs but also hit nine . Lockroy and Scherzer spoke on Monday, they met on Tuesday and avoided enough sweet spots to keep the Braves unbeaten. Braves homer’s potential green light was reversed, enabling Soto to send fans – yes, fans – home happy. “It feels great,” Soto said. “It’s crazy how good you feel. I can’t believe until the ninth inning, with the roar of the crowd, it makes my heart shoot faster. It’s just an amazing feeling.” Soon, he will share that with several of his friends. 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