Every day, baseball teeters ever closer to a shutdown point, with games postponed and positive coronavirus tests. Road trips seem particularly risky, and the A’s opened their first series away from home Friday, traveling to Seattle for four games. Even a familiar city can seem very different in uncertain times. Oakland manager Bob Melvin, whose team visits Seattle three times in a normal season, also managed the Mariners. “You see the office buildings, there’s nobody in those,” he said before Friday’s 5-3 loss, “and the restaurants, and not a lot of people on the street. So it’s a little bit of an eerie feeling, especially when we came in on our buses. “It’s too bad, it’s sad, obviously we’d like to get things back to normal,” Melvin said. “But in the meantime we just have to deal with it, do the best we can and understand that things are going to look different. And hopefully at some point in time it’s not, it’s back to normal, but it looks like we’re a ways off from that.” “I mean everybody’s kind of worried,” shortstop Marcus Semien said of heading out on the road. “But you just have to follow the protocols… Read full this story
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