This is like Christmas in July for us avid sports fans.

Finally we get to unwrap the presents we’ve been waiting for since March. That month our beloved sports world came to a screeching halt because of the coronavirus pandemic. But now we can sleep with visions of baseballs and basketballs dancing in our head.

Major league baseball has announced plans to open a 60-game season on July 23 and 24. The National Basketball Association plans to restart its season July 30. Under the NBA plan, 22 teams will play eight additional regular season games to determine playoff seeding, and 16 teams will enter a conventional postseason tournament.

Forgive me if I take a break from writing to briefly dance around my house in the midst of my third month of working from home. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus bearing gifts for distressed sports fans throughout the world.

We know our Summer Santa’s on his way and he’s bringing lots of games and excitement to save the day.

And every mother’s child is going to spy to see if empty seats without crowd noise will be able to fly.

Baseball is back. And so is basketball. We expect football will be gift wrapped and delivered in time for fall and winter.

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