The empty baseball fields of Ridgewood, New Jersey, during the pandemic lockdown

Ordinarily, at this time of year, these fields would be filled with kids playing baseball — one game waiting for the previous to finish. Not this year. The coronavirus pandemic has derailed baseball season in Ridgewood, New Jersey, home of the Raiders. Fields are empty, mounds of dirt sit at infield positions usually occupied by second basemen and shortstops. It’s a scene playing out in many small towns across America. Coaches, players, dads, and moms are all missing the games, the competition, the fun.