Welcome to SB Nation Reacts (formerly known as SB Nation Fanpulse), a survey of fans across MLB. Each week, we send 30 polls to plugged in fans from each team. Royals fans, sign up HERE to join SBN Reacts.
Baseball players are at spring training sites preparing for the regular season that is scheduled to begin in just over five weeks. No announcement has been made yet as to whether Opening Day will include fans, but with cases falling and more people getting vaccinated, teams are optimistic the baseball season will include at least some fans. Dr. Anthony Fauci recently expressed optimism that fans would be able to attend sporting events safely, saying “we could have people in the stands, maybe not right next to each other; there are going to be public health restrictions like mask wearing and things like that.”
We asked our SBN Reacts fans whether they would feel comfortable attending a baseball game this year, and 65 percent said they are ready to go out to the ballpark.
That doesn’t even change if the stadium is full.
We can break down the responses even further, with 41 percent of fans saying they are ready to go as soon as they can, 34 percent say they will go as soon as they get a vaccine, 23 percent won’t go until all restrictions are lifted, and 13 percent won’t go at all.
With uncertainty over how many fans will attend, most baseball teams played it very conservative in the free agent market. 60 percent of our SBN Reacts fans disapprove of teams not spending on free agency just because of the pandemic.
Remember, you can sign up to participate in SBN Reacts surveys at this link! Surveys will go out each week and only take a few minutes to complete. Check back next week for more SBN Reacts results!