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Fitt: COVID Shadow Should Not Diminish CWS Finalists


OMAHA — We all knew from the beginning that COVID-19 would cast a long shadow over the 2021 college baseball season. We knew there would be unfortunate complications, and weirdness, and unfairness. The Ivy League teams didn’t even get to have a season; other conferences dramatically modified their schedules, and everybody had to adapt to major changes to day-to-day routines. Positive tests and contact tracing were a nonstop headache, just as everyone expected.

We just hoped we wouldn’t be having this conversation here, now — in Omaha, on the eve of the College World Series Finals. We hoped the vaccination[…]