We’re In This Thing Together

All of us here at Views hope that you and your loved ones are well. I want to take a quick break from all the Yankees news and analysis and check in on all of you. Beyond the loss of sports, this is a tough time for all of us. Some of you may be fighting the virus itself. Some may be dealing with the reality of job furloughs or loss of income (like myself). There are others who may be struggling with the reality of being alone at home.

One reason I love Views is because of the community we’re building. We may not know each other personally, but there is something that unites us. It is our love for the Yankees and our love for baseball. Through that shared passion, relationships are formed. Now feels like the right moment to lean on those relationships. During times like these, it is important to use this space to encourage, uplift and support one another.

So, I am asking all of you that read this post to use the comments section to let us know how you are feeling, if you are in need of help or if you just want to talk to someone. The comments section is normally a place where we debate our various perspectives on the Yankees, but let’s use it as a community resource now. Something as simple as saying you’re ok or you’re not ok is important. If you aren’t comfortable sharing your feelings that is totally fine as well. The point is we want to use the space as an opportunity to be there for one another.

It is also important to point out that there is the potential for some good to come out of this. Maybe we needed more time to spend with family. There is nothing wrong with taking a few extra naps throughout the day. It’s pretty cool to hear the birds chirping instead of hearing car horns all day. There are some silver linings if we search for them. We need them now more than ever.

Hopefully, we will get back to a time where we can argue about what we think is best for our favorite team. In the meanwhile, let’s come together to support our own team: our Views community.

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23 Comments

  1. Steve

    I’m one of the lucky ones that is able to work from home, as I’m an IT guy for a large research company in Columbus, OH. We’re actually pretty used to working out of the office so not much has changed there. I haven’t been directly affected (yet?) by the virus thankfully.

    I’m missing baseball, but thankful I still have a good job. My heart goes out to the millions(!!) that don’t know how they’re going to pay their rent. I’ve been there and it’s a terrible feeling. As a long time RAB reader and now a VF314 reader, I want to thank you all for this blog and I hope everyone stays safe!

  2. Ronald Rosenthal

    Most likely. the majority of readers here have a roof over our heads and food on the table. We may grumble about the inconveniences of social distancing, but we are not struggling to survive. Many of our neighbors are not so fortunate and are experiencing difficulties in keeping their families fed. Please consider donating to a local food bank if you can.

  3. RetroRob

    Yesterday I learned the spouse of a cousin has COVID19, and today I learned a friend does too. Every day, it inches closer, the sirens become more frequent. I wake in the morning and for a moment feel normal, until my thoughts clear, and I realize that I’m still living in a real-life, dystopian science fiction movie whose running time is way too long.

    I’m fortunate enough that my type of work, which involves quite a bit of writing, interviewing and calls, can all be done from home. I usually work out of an office at least a few days a week, but switched to full-time remote several weeks back. As someone who has worked remotely in the past, it’s easy in one sense, but difficult in another. At the end of the day, you can’t go out, can’t meet with friends for dinner or a drink, simple things that form the fabric of your life are now on hold while others are fighting for their lives.

    Randy, I hope and the 314 staff and family are holding up well. Let’s all get through this together.

  4. DanGer

    Thanks for doing this Randy.

    It’s definitely surreal but I’m very fortunate (and grateful) to not be directly impacted yet aside for working remotely, etc. I’m beyond frustrated at the lack of urgency and response by certain government officials but I’ll leave it there as to not go down that particular rabbit hole.

    On a personal note, if anyone is struggling check if your company offers an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). Many therapists are also offering televisits. Every car needs a tune up once in a while.

    • Randy

      Thank you for sharing. I’m glad this hasn’t hit you too hard. That is definitely a good thing. I’m beyond frustrated as well and it is smart to leave it at that.

  5. Thoughts to all from Scotland, and thanks to the 314 team for keeping this going..
    #staysafe

  6. Samuel Spitzberg

    There are a few things on my mind. This is a hard time of year for me because of some combat experiences in Iraq. Usually baseball and fantasy baseball help. I find I’m shorter with loved ones and having more trouble than usual concentrating or finishing projects. I watched game 7 of the 52 series on YouTube. There’s a koufax game from 65 available too. They keep things fun.

    • Randy

      Thank you for sharing that with us. Thank you very much for your service. I don’t know if you’re aware of this but mlb.tv made the ‘18 and ‘19 seasons available for free. It isn’t game 7 of the ‘52 series, but there are some good games from the last two years. It may help fill the void.

      • Samuel Spitzberg

        I’ll tune in. Thanks. Keep up the great work.

    • Eugene White

      Mr. Spitzberg, if you’re from the Albany area, this is a small world…I used to report on the JWV for a local paper.

      This is a tough time. I do PR and Communications for nonprofit providing essential services. Our staff are scared at having to come to work, and keeping morale up is hard.

      It’s a blessing in some ways to be able to worry about other things, so I don’t dwell on how worried I am for my medically fragile parents, or the young grandkids who I feel like I’m missing great chunks of their lives.

      I hope everyone is doing as well as possible. And a huge thanks to the Views crew. When Mike shut down, a piece of my daily routine went away, and you all have nourished my mind since you started.

    • Jimmy

      Thank God, but by His grace I’m in the food industry and we’re going great guns still. Lucky accident but I’ll take it.

      My heart just aches for the millions of people losing their jobs in the past few weeks. My wife’s company laid off 2/3 of their workforce. Almost all of them hard-working immigrants and primary bread winners. Multiply that by hundred of thousands and Let that sink in and you get sick thinking of the people suffering from this shutdown. All those people suddenly unable to feed their families. We’re doing our part but we’ve got to get people back to work. Terrible.

      • Randy

        I’m glad you haven’t been hit too hard by this. And thank you for trying to make things better for folks. We need that now. It is terrible and I send my love to those people who lost their jobs. It’s rough. We have to find some positives though and hang on to them.

  7. Betty Lizard

    I am fine but my state is a clusterfxxk and I live with my adult daughter who works for a grocery store which is being irresponsible in how it responds to this disease. I only wish we could use the tickets we bought (Indians for her/Yankees for me)! Personally, the skills and content I developed in online teaching are now in demand, so that is a useful distraction. I am working on practicing “I won’t worry about what I can’t control.” Some days are more successful than others! But my heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and struggling. And I so appreciate the content and community you have built here.

    • Randy

      Thank you to your daughter for her service. We oftentimes take these positions for granted, but now many of us realize how vital people like your daughter really are to all of our lives. I’m glad you are able to find work during this time. It’s ok to have some down days. I have those too especially with my industry shutting down. We appreciate you being a part of our community.

  8. Dani

    I live in a small town in Bavaria, Germany and it seems like the government has the situation somewhat under control now. Luckily I still don’t know anyone that got infected, so that’s good.

    Good luck to all of you living in New York and the surrounding areas, it seems like it hit you pretty hard.

    btw: it’s crazy how the lifes of billions of people have changed around the world during the past weeks. Who would’ve thought this was possible a few months ago? My grand aunt said this is the scariest part of her life … and she witnessed several bombings in WW2.

  9. Coronaveddardus

    We’re doing just fine here, Randy. There’s no baseball to watch, Papa John’s is closed and the world is slowly crumbling around us but other than that we’re doing just fine. We’re scraping by on KFC, Taco Bell and the McDonald’s Dollar Menu, which we don’t care for that much, but at least it won’t kill us like the virus. I’ve been working from home and limiting my social contact as much as possible. Dad celebrates his 75th birthday this weekend and we’re planning to have about 50 family and friends over here. Maybe that will cheer us up a little.

    We’re resigned to not having any baseball this year. We just don’t see how they’ll be able to pack 40,000 people into a Stadium with this virus still out there. No baseball, no football, no basketball. It’s all gone. Dad, to his credit, said that he would sacrifice himself to the virus if it meant that his children and grandchildren could watch sports again. What else can you say other than that he’s a true American patriot that has the country’s best interests at heart? I wish there were more like Dad who understood that what’s really important is getting back to the ballgames. Until we have that I don’t think we ever get back to normal.

  10. Rich Stein

    My girlfriend and I are incredibly lucky. We both have decent paying jobs that will still be there and we are healthy and safe. I recognize that, where we live, not many are as lucky and are essential workers – and they are low wage workers at that. We are lucky that we can take it call in perspective, afford our rent and food, and even work from home.

    We both know people infected with COVID, we know people who lost their jobs or are furloughed, and we know people who are ER nurses taking care of patients. It is hard to think of their pain and struggle and not feel guilty that we are generally fine and unaffected (so far, knock on wood) either health wise or financially. I’ll even be able to put myself on even better financial footing with a $1200 check from the feds. I think I will donate some of that to a local healthcare organization.

    The biggest challenges for me are more emotional and mental: not being able to see my family and friends, or even my coworkers. Not being able to go to something as simple as a baseball game. Not being able to go and enjoy hanging out at Stan’s or Billy’s. Or just to even go to our favorite restaurant. Not being able to do any of these things, bluntly, sucks. I mope about it and think to summer days at Yankee Stadium or the beach or just a BBQ with friends.

    But that all goes away when I lay awake at 3 am, all is quiet, and then I hear in the distance an ambulance with sirens blaring carrying someone on their way to the Allen Hospital in Inwood. Then, everything is brought back into perspective.

  11. The Original Drew

    COVID-19 has effected two people close to me. They have lost a co-worker and a family member to the virus. They both died alone in a hospital, which I can’t imagine the heartbreak for the families that not only did you love a loved one, but that because of the nature of this whole ordeal they couldn’t even be there to comfort them in their time of need.

    To top it all off, my wife who has been at her corporate job that she hates for 10 years now because (mostly because of a very good salary to support us), finally had the opportunity to leave the job and take a step back and do something that she wants to do which was working part time in a school helping special needs children. Now all the schools are closed and she won’t have this opportunity again until January. So she took back her resignation and will be at the job for at least another 8 months and she’s pretty discouraged by all of this.

    I am doing my best to find some positives in all of this. We have our 10 month old son that my wife and I now get to spend every single day with. It’s truly is a blessing, and even with the challenges of working from home and balancing spending time with him instead of plopping him in front of the TV every day (Only two things keep his attention, The BabyFirst Network and Baseball) I am actually really thankful for this time with the both of them.

    I guess what I am trying to say it’s been pretty challenging and I can definitely see this being the norm until September, but we all need to support each other and stay as positive as we can be despite everything that we are seeing on TV and reading on twitter on a daily basis. I truly look forward to day when I get mad online only about Aaron Boone batting Brett Gardner 3rd at some point.

    • Randy

      Thank you for sharing all of this Drew. I really appreciate you being open with us. I am really sorry to hear about those losses. It pains me that so many have to deal with this to such a degree. My prayers are with you, your closed ones and the families of the people who passed. You have my heartfelt condolences.

      I do think it is remarkable that your wife took that step even with this temporary setback. And it is temporary. I’ve been fortunate enough to do the thing that I love to do for years, but it’s freelance based so there are definitely some lulls. The one thing I learned is to use the time available to prepare for what will come ahead. Maybe your wife can make some mock lesson plans or think of books/exercises she can use when January comes around. My mom was a special ed teacher for thirty years. I’m sure she would have some suggestions for her.

      Congrats on the baby. I’m sure he brings a lot of joy. Hang on man. It’s gonna get better. We’re gonna get through it.

  12. Paul P

    I’ve always liked working from home… that’s my silver lining! All good here for now.

    • Randy

      I’m glad you’re doing well and you’re embracing the situation. This is forcing me to work on script some more so I am happy about that.

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