Take me out to the ball game, Take me out with the crowd … April Fools. Yes, it’s Baseball’s opening day. And yes, stadiums are admitting limited numbers of fans to return to the stands in the first sign of sports normalcy we’ve had in a long time. But things aren’t quite the same at the old ball game. Thursday night’s Opening Day matchup between the New York Mets and Washington Nationals has been postponed because of a postive Covid-19 test. Suddenly, the line, “I don’t care if I never get back” sounds as ominous as it did last season.

+ “Lucas Giolito, Max Fried and Jack Flaherty were teammates nine years ago at Harvard-Westlake, a prestigious prep school in Los Angeles. On Thursday, all three will be opening-day starting pitchers in the major leagues.” 3 high school teammates become MLB opening day starters. “And they didn’t even win a California state title the year they all played together.”

+ And since we’re at the crossroads of baseball and April Fools, let’s take our annual look back at George Plimpton’s The Curious Case Of Sidd Finch, the story that should have capped April Fools jokes forever (but didn’t).