This year certainly has been different for sporting events. Schedule changes, cancellations which were then uncancelled, and safety protocols (I’m pretty sure the word “bubble” has never been used as often as it has this year 😏).
But I think the strangest, from a viewer’s perspective, is the audience – or the lack of an audience. Quiet golf and tennis with only a coach and family members clapping has been strange. Virtual audiences for basketball games were a bit disconcerting. Cardboard cutouts in the baseball stadiums were creepy at first, until folks became creative with choosing what photos they displayed. I especially liked the grounds crew sitting among the cutouts – who was real??
In all though, I think the strangest experience was when a baseball player hit a home run. Not the muted applause; not the reduced amount of parading around the bases with no crowd to please. No – I think the strangest sight was to see no one chasing after the home run ball! No kids (or grown-up kids) fighting to recover the baseball! Strange, indeed.