By Eric Umphrey
The Times 

Major League Baseball is back

Thoughts on the first weekend


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Signed Austin Nola card from Walla Walla Mariners Community Care Tour in Walla Walla last fall.

Thoughts on the first weekend

Major League Baseball is back, but it looks and sounds different this year. Watching broadcasts with no fans in the stands or with cardboard cutouts is odd. Without the sounds of the live crowd, I've already been tricked into believing that a couple of routine fly outs were going to be home runs based on how loud the ball sounded coming off of the bat. Instead of chatty fans near the broadcast booth, you can hear players in the dugout now.

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