The Brewers Opening Day game against the Cubs didn’t have much in the way of positive moments, but there was one that captured everyone’s attention.
Everyone knows why Brewers Opening Day is happening at the end of July instead of the end of March when it usually is. The coronavirus pandemic put everything on hold, put everyone in their homes, and brought sports to a halt.
Over the last few months without sports, we have been wearing masks, socially distancing, and putting on a lot of hand sanitizer in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.
Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is doing his part, as well.
In a Pure(ll) moment, Rizzo pulled a bottle of hand sanitizer out of his back pocket to give some to Orlando Arcia, who had just reached first base on his first of three singles on the night.
Even as we try to get back to normal and start sports back up again, we’re still in the middle of a pandemic and baseball players need to stay healthy if this shortened season is to continue. So Rizzo will give out hand sanitizer to anyone coming to first base.
Since Rizzo had to hold Arcia on first base, he wasn’t able to socially distance a full six feet.
This moment is going to be one of many throughout the year where players are prioritizing hygiene when on the field. Typically, baseball fields, dugouts, and clubhouses are not the most hygienic places to be.
Both Arcia and Rizzo had good nights on Friday night. Arcia was 3-for-3 and provided all the offense for the Brewers on the night, while Rizzo hit a solo home run late in the game to make it a 3-0 Cubs lead.
Don’t be surprised to see more players do things like this as the season goes on. They’re all going through the same thing, and the last thing any of them want is an outbreak among players. Keeping a bottle of hand sanitizer at the ready at first base is a fun way to ensure everybody remains safe.
Brewers broadcasters Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder weren’t quite able to successfully replicate the moment that Arcia and Rizzo shared as Schroeder gave BA just a little too much hand sanitizer afterward.
Baseball is back, and although there’s more hand sanitizer on the field than we’re used to, as long as there’s Brewers baseball, we can’t complain.