All Washed Up Out?

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I don't know who does the schedule for MLB, but they need to be fired. Opening the season at Fenway with a series between the Sox and newfound rival Tampa Bay sounds like a good idea — until you remember Fenway Park is in Boston, and the season opens in early April.

So consider this your pre-Opening Day weather gamer. It may be the only gamer the Sox get all day.

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  • Heavy rain from noon onward. Mother nature is a baseball-hating whore.

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 9:10 am
  • not looking good for the Yanks in Baltimore either.

    YF April 6, 2009, 9:44 am
  • game has been postponed until 4:05 tomorrow

    Travis April 6, 2009, 9:55 am
  • Good for the Red Sox to call this game 4 hours before it’s scheduled to start. Before people get in the car, get in and buy some beers and hot dogs, the Sox have decided to not take full advantage of what they could.

    Brad April 6, 2009, 10:02 am
  • Eh, I am not about to praise the Sox for calling a game in forgone conclusion-type weather. Why should they be lauded for doing what they should?

    SF April 6, 2009, 10:07 am
  • >>Why should they be lauded for doing what they should?
    Only because it’s become too common for clubs to not do the right thing, letting the crowds pour in to buy concessions before calling it.

    Hudson April 6, 2009, 11:18 am
  • Mother nature hates the Sox!
    bummer for you guys im holding out hope the yanks get theirs in, the late start time should help….

    sam-YF April 6, 2009, 11:42 am
  • Only because it’s become too common for clubs to not do the right thing, letting the crowds pour in to buy concessions before calling it.
    Damn skippy. I was in Philly at the WS game that didnt start until after 10pm because of rain. Good game once they played it, but totally should have been postponed.

    DUFF - SF April 6, 2009, 12:01 pm
  • It is my understanding that the Florida Suncoast Dome, or whatever the hell they call Ray’s home field, is the staging area for a Tampa grand prix auto race this week, so it was unavailable this week.
    Still, if the MLB schedulers could predict rain, I’m sure they’d build the schedule around it. I don’t necessarily like the idea of the Red Sox playing their season-opener at home because of the greater risk of snow. But the the likelihood of snow any less on April 13 than it is April 6? When they build the schedule, which is in December, I believe, the chance for inclement weather would seem to be the same every day from April 6 through Oct. 31.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 12:13 pm
  • Eh, I am not about to praise the Sox for calling a game in forgone conclusion-type weather. Why should they be lauded for doing what they should?
    Because they could have waited, allowed fans to pack into Fenway and spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on food/drink, before calling the game. Fans are often taken advantage of in this way, and it’s great to see the Sox saving a lot of fans from a crappy afternoon.

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 12:17 pm
  • yeah, I get this. But that doesn’t make their actions laudable. Sorry. Not worth the praise.

    SF April 6, 2009, 12:32 pm
  • But that doesn’t make their actions laudable. Sorry. Not worth the praise.
    Judging by the comments on here so far, and those on SoSH/SG/BDD, it looks like this is the minority opinion. The Sox deserve some praise for not milking the fans.

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 12:39 pm
  • Well, I am happy to be in the minority then.
    It is pretty sad that we have all come to accept “milking the fans” as par for the course, and that a team canceling a game on a rainy day deserves some sort of gold star.

    SF April 6, 2009, 1:00 pm
  • SF, I’m not sure what your beef is. Perhaps the word “praise” (yours, not Brad’s) is going a bit to far. Postponing the game early was the right thing to do. http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/index_loop.php
    I don’t get the feel that Brad was praising them so much as he was pointing out that it was the right thing to do, much better than milking the fans through hours of rain delay as they have in the past.
    And we should consider, too, that this was done for Beckett’s sake as much as anything.
    FYI: The White Sox called today’s game against the Royals last night during a virtual blizzard. 2-3 inches of snow fell. But although the forecast was dicey last night, it’s beautiful now, and seems as though they could play this afternoon.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 1:12 pm
  • It is pretty sad that we have all come to accept “milking the fans” as par for the course,
    That’s why the Red Sox should be commended: because we as fans shouldn’t accept this as par for the course, and one way to do that is to recognize a team for looking out for the best interests of the fans instead of thinking about squeezing a few extra bucks (potentially hundreds of thousands of them).
    The reality is that milking the fans is “par for the course”. As such, wouldn’t applauding the Red Sox help fight that norm? Wouldn’t giving attention to this special case show that not all organizations care solely about money?

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 1:14 pm
  • I guess we really have nothing to talk about today, hence this series of comments!
    I have no beef with the idea that this was the right thing to do. It was. And I wish more teams followed the lead and didn’t wait so long to make these calls (I get more exercised about in-progress games that don’t get stopped, frankly, a pretty bad violation in my opinion). But that’s all you will get from me on this. No gold stars!

    SF April 6, 2009, 1:20 pm
  • Looks like we’re essentially on the same page, just with a slightly different conclusion. This is why we need baseball, so we have REAL stuff to talk about!
    So how about that Derek Lowe fellow? He sure was looking sharp last night!

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 1:23 pm
  • how about salaries? USA today has their payroll list out with Yanks in first and sox in third. Interestingly enough I didn’t notice any sox players in the top 25 of salaries.

    dw (sf) April 6, 2009, 1:52 pm
  • How about predictions, as in visions of doom?
    Who will be this season’s big disappointment? And I don’t mean who will finish last. I mean, what team will fail to meet expectations?
    I say the Cubs.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 2:12 pm
  • The Rays, IBM. I think they’ll win 70-75 games this year.

    Atheose April 6, 2009, 2:16 pm
  • CC.
    That’s my guess, and I’m sticking with it. I think as much as everyone likes to dismiss the abuse he suffered last year, I think it’s going to bite him in that big fat tail of his later this year. Plus, who in baseball has more expectations than him? That money, in that town, with that uniform – I think he folds.

    Brad April 6, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Choice number two: The Red Sox.

    Brad April 6, 2009, 2:29 pm
  • Then the Mets, who I feel could, and probably will finish in third place in that divison.

    Brad April 6, 2009, 2:30 pm
  • Speaking of predictions, the yfsf authors have sent me their educated and no doubt sooth prognostications for ought-niner, but gerbil has been horrendously tardy in putting it all together. I’d blame “real life”, but that’s what I always do and it’s getting a bit tired.

    attackgerbil April 6, 2009, 2:42 pm
  • the chance for inclement weather would seem to be the same every day from April 6 through Oct. 31.
    I think this is pretty obviously untrue. Of the six regular-season months during the baseball season, April in Boston is the wettest, averaging 3.6 inches of precipitation, the only month above 3.5 inches until October clocks in with 3.79. The trend is that each month gets drier through July, then begins to get wetter through November. Clearly, as the weather warms, the chance for rain decreases, so waiting a week before opening in Boston — especially when the schedule is already pushed back a week — seems like the obvious course.

    Paul SF April 6, 2009, 3:01 pm
  • On the off chance anyone here is a fan of the band phish, they announced today they are playing a show at Fenway at the end of May…should be a really cool place for a concert.

    sam-YF April 6, 2009, 3:14 pm
  • Oh, I give up.
    It made sense this morning. :)

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 7:08 pm
  • Or perhaps I should say that I felt more willing/prepared/able to defend it this morning.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 7:09 pm
  • Stupid coffee courage.

    I'mBillMcNeal April 6, 2009, 7:09 pm

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