Forest fires are raging across California. The sky is orange. The air is filled with ash.
Is it safe to play sports nearby?
That’s the other pressing health and safety question Major League Baseball and the National Football League suddenly face. With their sports pressing on through a pandemic, they have to decide whether the air quality is safe enough for the teams in the affected areas to play while their surroundings burn.
The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics both played at home Wednesday, and the unusual conditions were apparent to anyone watching on television—or on either team. Out in the bullpen, the A’s pitchers joked about playing on Mars or on an alien planet from “Star Wars,” reliever J.B. Wendelken said. His teammate Lou Trivino compared the scene to a dystopian wasteland straight out of science fiction.