It’s the opening day of the Buffalo Bisons … uh, Trenton Thunder
It’s the opening day of the Buffalo Bisons. The herd is in Trenton, NJ to take on the Worchester Red Sox, with the likelihood that the Toronto Blue Jays will play at Sahlen Field.
It’s going to be a very strange season. New Bisons manager Casey Candaele showed confusion on a Zoom call Monday, wearing a Bisons hat and Trenton Thunder shirt.
In this world of COVID pounding sports, the Bisons will be the Trenton Thunder, playing in their temporary home in Trenton, NJ. That leaves the Sahlen field open for the likely return of the Toronto Blue Jays, a team that could return to their home field, but their major league rivals would likely not be able to cope with the quarantine rules at destination and in from Canada.
When the Bisons are on the road, it will be in Bisons uniforms.
Outfielder Forrest Wall summed it up.
“It’s so weird, especially not like anything I’ve been a part of. But I’m good with it because it’s a great bunch of guys here, working together,” Wall said. “We all understand that it’s a tough time and not everything is going to be organized all the time. But we get along and we just work on things and get ready to play.”
Pitcher Alek Manoah, who graduated from college in 2019, said it’s still a pitcher and catcher and mound and home plate.
“Not as much jumping as people do. I just think it’s still baseball. There’s still 60 ‘left at home plate. You still have to go out and compete. So why not compete with the best of them? ” Manoah said. “I’m going to work my tail, learn new strategies. Some hitters are going to be a little more experienced, might have better approaches, things like that. But we still have to throw hitting, go attack hitters and win balls. . “
The opening day pitcher will be Nate Pearson, one of the Toronto team’s top prospects recovering from injury. Pearson said injury is a problem now, but delay in transitioning to a major league niche can be a career failure.
“I just started my young career. Look back on that in 10 years and I’ll be grateful for what I’ve been through and all of it,” Pearson said. “Being back in Triple-A, obviously, not where I want to be. I want to be in the big leagues. But that’s where I’m at right now. So I want to focus on the pitch here. and enjoying it with my teammates. We have a lot of great guys here. It’s going to be a lot of fun. “
Candaele said he’s still trying to figure out who will play where and that there will definitely be a contribution from the Blue Jays. These decisions would be difficult every year. This year, it’s worse with COVID.