“The umpire-in-chief shall have sole authority to determine when a game shall be called, suspended, or resumed on account of weather or the condition of the playing field.” ~ The Official Rules of Major League Baseball
It rained today.
I think it rained everywhere. Except where it snowed.
For those of you just tuning in, we had tickets to today’s Baltimore Orioles vs AAA Norfolk Tides game in Norfolk. The last game of spring training – the irregular season.
It’s a three-hour drive to Norfolk, but we have heated seats, Sirius radio, and cup holders in our car, so, really, no big thing.
But, it was raining. And, raining.
And, the heated seats would not be able to warm my waterlogged heart if I got to the game and it wasn’t there.
Luckily, there was a game scheduled at the University of Virginia, too.
It was also raining in Charlottesville. But, that rain was two-and-a-half hours closer than Norfolk’s rain.
Yes, that’s snow in the corner.
UVa decided to start the game a half-hour early in order to the beat the rain that was already here. This is sort of the Bizzaro World version of a rain delay.
(College baseball is funny that way. They change the days and times of games willy-nilly, often with just a moment’s notice. Last week they cancelled a game with Rutgers due to weather on Tuesday and on Thursday Princeton’s team just showed up unannounced, so they played them instead.)
Today, UVa defeated Virginia Tech 9-2 in one of those wonderful state-school grudge match things.
They played through the rain. Nine innings.
We got wet. (I’m still damp.)
Meanwhile, back in Norfolk, they played a few rainy innings (including half-innings that were only two outs long … and one half-inning where no outs were recorded at all). They finally unrolled the tarp and called it a day for their “pretend” game and the Orioles flew off to Baltimore.
And, a quick West Coast Update – Last year, I urged the Oakland A’s to deal with their coliseum’s sewage problem. Raw sewage had been coming up through the drains in the dugout and the clubhouse. Orioles’ closer Jim Johnson had just been traded to Oakland, and, I thought it would be nice if they cleaned up the place a bit for him.
Clearly, as in many things, no one listened to me.
This today, from equally rainy Oakland, California:
Here’s more on the ewwwww. The Oakland A’s vs San Francisco Giants game was cancelled due to rain.
Opening Day … Just one more day.