Exclusive: Colorado Rockies reflect on the day Major League Baseball shut down

Feb 28, 2021; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; A worker cleans a social distancing sign during the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training opener against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona RepublicMlb Arizona Diamondbacks At Colorado Rockies
Feb 28, 2021; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; A worker cleans a social distancing sign during the Arizona Diamondbacks spring training opener against the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona RepublicMlb Arizona Diamondbacks At Colorado Rockies /
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Jon Gray of the Colorado Rockies
DENVER, CO – AUGUST 10: Starting pitcher Jon Gray #55 of the Colorado Rockies delivers to home plate during the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on August 10, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /

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Ryan McMahon

What do you remember most about the day everything shut down?

“I remember thinking, ‘Oh this will be a week then we’ll get back into it.’ We’ll be playing baseball again in no time, I thought. Obviously, I was extremely wrong about that. Everything else started to happen and you realized just how big of a deal this was going to be.”

Jon Gray

What do you remember most about the spring shutdown?

“I remember just trying to find out how to play baseball at all. A lot of people were leaning toward there’s not going to be a season. You know, it was crazy to think about just packing up and coming back next year. So that’s what I remember the most.

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“I think we all knew it was going to be tough. There are things that we don’t normally have to deal with, but I think everybody was on the positive side of things, for the most part. We didn’t catch many breaks but we tried to find things to look forward to, and that was figuring out how to play again.”

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