OK, some baseball is better than nothing.

The Korea Baseball Organization has become one of the first major professional sports leagues to return to action during the coronavirus pandemic. The KBO represents the highest level of baseball in South Korea. After delaying its opening for weeks because of the pandemic, the league returned May 5 with umpires in protective masks and unoccupied seats because fans aren’t allowed into the venues.

I love baseball. I really do. But I’m not waking up in the wee hours of the morning to watch the live game broadcasts on the ESPN2 network.

Not when the teams have unfamiliar names like the Doosan Bears and the LG Twins and the NC Dinos and the Samsung Lions. Of course there are rebroadcasts at decent hours like 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Since I’m working from home these days, that’s a valid option.

The Korea Baseball Organization does feature plenty of action with home runs, bat flips, former Major League Baseball players and Korean-born stars who could eventually ascend to major league stardom in the U.S.

But it’s going to take me a minute to warm up to this international product. I’m still longing for my beloved Chicago Cubs to return to action against their National League rivals.

This will do for now. It’s like a placebo for my baseball fever.

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