Many Brewers’ fans look forward to and enjoy the experience of the Brewers’ On Deck event that is held every year prior to Spring Training. The annual event allows fans to take pictures with and meet some of their favorite players. I, myself, was able to snag an opportunity with this mustached legend:
Unfortunately, the 2021 event will be cancelled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic. According the Brewers’ management, the logistics are just too complicated to figure out given the unknown circumstances. The pandemic could be over by January, or it could not. We just do not know.
With the uncertainty related to hosting events this fall, Brewers On Deck, will not be staged in 2021. pic.twitter.com/fdTWbKno8b
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) August 7, 2020
This is a very unfortunate development for the Brewers and their fans alike. Of course, the Brewers’ season was delayed due to the pandemic. COVID-19 caused Major League Baseball to start a shortened 60-game season, which started after months of debate between the owners and players’ association. The NBA and NHL each paused their seasons before resuming four months later.
Earlier this season, the Brewers were forced to postpone their home-opening series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Several Cardinals players and coaches tested positive for COVID-19 following some golf outings and a casino trip.
Brewers-Cardinsls game tonight postponed due to positive test
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2020
COVID-19 has had a very detrimental effect on the sports world in 2020. Now, it unfortunately has claimed an event in 2021 as well. This is the world we live in. Let’s hope we can have On Deck in 2022.
Brewers’ On Deck is a great opportunity for fans and players to enjoy the Milwaukee experience together, so it is important that the event is able to occur in the future. It is also a great way to get Milwaukee fans excited about baseball, even in the dead of winter.