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The First Day of Summer Camp

The first day of summer camp. It’s a day that signifies excitement, happiness and pure exuberance.

As a person who grew up going to summer camps, I can wholeheartedly relate to just how special that first day is. You get to see your friends that you haven’t seen all year, play sports all day, enjoy what the day brings.

However, due to the coronavirus, most camps across America will not get to experience that first day this year. No welcome meeting, no ice breakers and no rush to the cabins to pick your bed for the summer.

At this point, you may be wondering as to why I am writing about the cancellation of summer camps on a sports website. Well, ironically enough the title of this blog has nothing to do with an actual summer camp at all.

Thursday marked the first day of Major League Baseball’s “summer camps.” In what has been a year of exhaustion and exasperation, this day marks a day of hope.

Players such as Pete Alonso, Bryce Harper and Aaron Judge will get to reconvene with their teammates whom they have been separated from for months.

I can only imagine that the Polar bear woke up early today with his bags packed with the excitement of arriving the ballpark for the first time. Bryce probably slept in his uniform last night and Judge most certainly woke his parents up early as if it was Christmas morning.

Baseball is back, baby and nothing is better than that first day of summer camp, especially when it’s at a ballpark.

Read how the MLB and players worked through negotiations for baseball to return. 

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Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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