A lot has gone missing during the last few months of the coronavirus pandemic: school, dining, museums, concerts. The list goes on and on. It is not easy to do without the things of life we’ve gotten used to over the decades.
Sports is among them, and the absence of anything to root for, whether it’s the high school athlete or the NBA championship, has taken a lot of getting used to.
High on that list for Connecticut residents is the famed Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, and it’s more than tempting to wonder where we would be right now when it comes to that perennial duel in the American League East.
It will take a while before we can return to the real thing, but at least a semblance of game day atmosphere is available through livestreaming performances delivered by Josh Kantor on his Yamaha Electone organ. From his living room since opening day, or what was supposed to have been opening day, Kantor has been playing music you’d associate with the ball park, as in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” as a way to help fans soldier their way through an empty season.
It’s not Fenway Park, where the organist would typically play, but it has been drawing a crowd. The video of his March 26 performance, which would have been opening day, has drawn more than 5,300 views, as reported by the Associated Press. As many as 19,000 have listened in on afternoon concerts.
“For half an hour a day, ideally people can just forget all their stresses and be a little bit fortified to then go face those stresses afterwards,” said Kantor, who has played the organ at Red Sox games since 2003.
Thanks to Kantor, those who miss the ballpark feel can at least tune in to the vibe. It’s yet another example of how so many have been stepping up to the plate to help others get through this difficult time.