(PoliticalLookout.Com)- A day after Dr. Anthony Fauci told the press that he thinks it might be a while until sports return to the United States, President Donald Trump said he is keen to see sports return to normal across the country. Not only does he want to see a gradual reopening of state economies, and not only does he want to see the Yankees play at the stadium, but he even wants people to be able to attend.
“I’d like to see the Yankees play at Yankee Stadium,” Trump said during a press conference at the White House. The press conference focused on the government’s efforts to reopen the country’s economy and get America moving again.
Trump is known for his optimism. Earlier this year he told the press he would like to see the country reopened in time for Easter weekend, so his comments should be taken with a pinch of salt. There’s a difference between what the president wants and what can realistically happen, but we can rest assured that if Trump wants it to happen, he’ll do his best to do exactly that.
The president explained that he wasn’t excited about the idea of teams all flying to play the games in one stadium in Florida or Arizona without fans in attendance. In discussion with officials from Major League Baseball, the idea was thrown around with a view to reducing the spread of the virus among attendees.
“I see they have some ideas for baseball that are very different,” Trump told the press. “I guess I’m a traditionalist, but I think they’d be able to play at Yankee stadium with obviously smaller crowds and crowds would start to build as things get to be a little better,” he added.
Dr. Fauci might have said he doesn’t envision sports coming back this year, but with states starting to reopen, it looks like the decision will be left to the sports officials. And who knows – if the crowds can be reduced so that people aren’t sat so closely together, maybe things can be relatively normal by the end of the summer.
“When I look at a baseball game, I want to see people right next to each other, I don’t want to see four seats in between every person,” Trump lamented. “I don’t want people to get used to this. I see the new normal being what it was three months ago.”
Sports fans will no doubt be delighted, but sparse crowds may be the reality. Reports suggest that sports officials are hoping that teams can play in home stadiums by June or July.