There was no baseball on Thursday, when the Mets had been scheduled to open their season against the Nationals at Citi Field.
But Steven Matz still wanted a bit of normalcy, so he played catch near his Nashville, Tenn., home with teammate Brad Brach.
Beyond the left-hander’s usual routine, which he has kept up since going home from Port St. Lucie following the cancellation of spring training because of the coronavirus pandemic, Matz said he didn’t spend much time thinking about what should have been the start of the 2020 season.
“I did think about it being Opening Day, but we’re so entrenched in what’s going on with the news, it’s hard to put too much emphasis on baseball,’’ Matz said Friday by phone. “I try to be optimistic, be smart and take the right actions to stay healthy.’’
While he’s in Nashville, Matz has kept a close eye on his native New York because his parents and grandparents still live on Long Island.
“We’ve got stores and places shut down here, but I’m really monitoring what’s going on in New York with all my family there,’’ Matz said.
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