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Baseball and all other sports are shut down and we have lots of questions.

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America v Cruz Azul - Torneo Clausura 2020 Liga MX Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images

My daughter is done with school until April 14 at least. Luckily, my wife is a school teacher so she’s going to be home too. But it’s been two days into our isolation and I’m already going a bit batty. And these are two days that everyone would have been home anyway!

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I took the weekend to comment on Liga MX, which is Mexico’s top soccer league and the only North American professional team sport still playing this weekend. I became a fan of Cruz Azul since if I don’t have any reason to do otherwise, I’m going to cheer for the team in blue, right? (We are rooting for laundry.) Cruz Azul beat Club América 1-0 in front of an empty stadium in what was the final match before Liga MX shuts down. América was awarded a penalty kick deep in added time which would have ended the game in a draw, but the Cruz Azul goalkeeper made a great save to win the game as time ran out. The name of that goalkeeper?

Jesús Corona. (h/t to @ObscureSportFan) The final play of North America sports before the coronavirus shut it all down was by a player named Corona.

The photo today is a picture of that save. You will notice the empty stands.

They say the Australian soccer league will go on, but two teams are currently being quarantined so I don’t know how likely that is. The Russian league intends to keep playing behind closed doors (as far as I know) and the Turkish league is just playing as if nothing is different, although that may change as the players are in a bit of a revolt.

The National League, which is England’s soccer league for the 5th and 6th levels (think Short-Season and Rookie Leagues in minor league baseball) are continuing to play in front of crowds. That’s causing a lot of controversy. The truth of the matter is, those leagues probably can’t financially survive a shutdown. But they may be forced to do so anyway.

I’m sure that there are other professional leagues in small countries still playing one sport or another. But the truth of the matter is, sport has just stopped all over the world. We’re experiencing something unprecedented.

Also, if you’ve got a favorite musician, please consider purchasing their music. Don’t just listen to it on a streaming service where they only get a fraction of a penny for every listen. Pay for it. Every act has been forced off the road and that’s the only place they can make real money to live on these days. Now if all you listen to is Katy Perry, Taylor Swift or the Rolling Stones, don’t bother. I’m not worried about the megastars making through the next few months financially. But most artists, some of whom aren’t really obscure at all, are going to be hurting over the next few months. Download their music and pay for it. I understand if you don’t want to go out and purchase a CD (I’m not), although it would be nice to support a local store too. I’m typing this up while listening to Angel Olsen’s “All Mirrors” album that I just purchased. If you buy something, feel free to tell us in the comments. We need something to talk about.

I believe all The Athletic and ESPN+ stories have been opened up to all.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. We’ll get through this together.