The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers were excited to be back out on the field for the first time since a shortened 60-game season was announced.
Both teams held their first workouts since spring training after the season came to a halt due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
While the excitement level is high to get back to playing baseball, both teams acknowledge there are still challenges to overcome.
"We've all got to adhere to the protocols," said Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire. "Away from the field, you have to take care of yourself. You got to wear your mask, stay away from big crowds. To do the right thing, and make sure when you're away from the field, you're doing the right thing and taken care of so you don't harm somebody else. Hopefully, we'll all do that the right way."
"You kind of fall back on, 'OK, what can you control?'" said Indians manager Terry Francona. "We can control our environment. Taking care of each other, being respectful of each other, and then the rest you just kind of hope."
Both teams agree that while baseball is back, the atmosphere around facilities and come game-time will be something they have to get used to.
"It's going to be tough," said Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer. "We'll find a way to get ourselves ready. I usually don't need too much to put myself up. I'm always excited to go out there and take the mound every fifth day. It's going to be a little something special this year with no fans. Maybe just turn the walkup music up a little louder. It's going to be interesting."
"It's just going to be weird," said Indians pitcher Shane Bieber. "It's going to be tough to get used to. I don't know if guys will ever get used to it. Not being able to get fired up for somebody, smack them on the back, or give them a high five, whatever it may be. It's going to be different and we're just going to have to deal with it and get used to it, and kind of suck it up for two to three months."
Opening Day for the MLB season is on July 23 and 24.