It has been a day in Baltimore. Unlike Saturday, the police activity has not been in the immediate vicinity of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Also unlike Saturday, things got crazy elsewhere in the city. It's not right next door but also not very far away. Miles away, a police car burned. Very close by a CVS was smashed into and looted; news helicopters caught a man rolling a suitcase into the store.
Is it right to play a baseball game on such a day? It's not for me to say. The old sentiment from President Roosevelt, "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," is one that has always resonated with me, but fear of some vague, barely understood concept and fear of some concrete situations are two different things. This is not an ordinary circumstance. It's crazy and uncertain and I could hardly blame someone who thought it best to stay away, and keep everyone else away as well.
As night approaches and the situation is not yet under control in places across the city, the game between the Orioles and the White Sox has been postponed. In the end, it's better safe than sorry. Anything could happen from now until whenever things are under control, and now the city does not have to worry about the safety of players and fans as they try to get things handled.