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Outside The Confines: Happy New Year!

Get out of here, 2020.

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Get lost, 2020, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

I think I speak for just about everyone when I say I’m absolutely delighted that 2020 is gone. While there are no guarantees of what 2021 will hold, and yes, it’s just another Friday really, I feel a lot more hopeful and optimistic now with a clean slate ahead of us.

When will baseball start? How many games will be played? Will fans get to attend? These are questions we can’t yet answer, but time will tell.

Since most sites took a few days off to focus on the “best of” content and let their writers relax some, we’re doing a little something different to start the new year. On Christmas I asked writers to share their favorite pieces with me, and for New Year's I decided to ask readers what the best writing they’d read in 2020 was.

Today I bring you a mix of new stories, and the favorites of readers from the past year.

Before I throw it to Buster, I just want to wish every single one of you a happy and healthy 2021. On that note, the exit line has never been more appropriate.

And tomorrow will be a better day than today, Buster. Make it so.