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May 4, 2020
Play Ball
By Chuck Violand With all the emphasis on the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to overlook other things in daily life, like the start of the Major League Baseball season. Opening Day was supposed to happen over a month ago, on March 26. Then an unwelcome guest, COVID-19, decided to show up and crash the party. Still, I think there are some lessons we can take from baseball that are relevant to our coronavirus world. Picture this. A major league baseball stadium on Opening Day. Your team is at home, and it’s the bottom of the ninth. You’re down by one with two outs. Runners on second and third. You step up to the plate. The fans are on their feet. The noise is deafening. Your adrenaline has you so jacked you can hardly stand still. Your fans want a hit. This is your moment! The other team hears that same noise. Just as loudly. But they’re interpreting the noise differently. The fact is business owners are in the batter’s box every day hearing the chatter. The noise about what we should and shouldn’t be doing is constant, and it’s coming at us from every direction—the media, the internet, our employees,