When rain interrupts the play of America’s Pastime, it causes a huge inconvenience, especially to yours truly.
First on Friday, The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs got rained out of a game against the Rochester Red Wings, as the game was rescheduled as one game of a doubleheader last night. Doubleheaders are fun (lots of baseball being played, can’t complain with that), but when you are an intern for both games, and you get home at 2:00 AM after being at the stadium for almost 12 hours, it’s kind of a pain in the backside.
The poor summer weather has affected the big league club too, as on Saturday night, the Philadelphia Phillies were rained out of their game against the Florida Marlins in Miami. This isn’t as big of a deal, since only a handful of fans were inconvenienced because that’s how many people show up at games for the Marlins anyway. The Phillies were also down 2-0 when the game was called (in the bottom of the second inning), and Marlins ace Josh Johnson was on the hill, so in a sense, the Phillies kind of lucked out. Still, I know plenty of people who dedicated their night to watch the Phillies, and the rain out completely ruined their plans for a perfectly good Saturday night.
With that said, rain might be good for some things, which include agriculture, limiting drought and awesome mudslides. But for baseball season, almost nothing good can come from rain, except if rain could restart the entire Washington Nationals franchise.
On a lighter note, the rainout just gave Phillies fans more time to talk about Roy Halladay, Pedro Martinez, and how badly the New York Mets stink. Not bad topics to pass the time, but the show must go on.
The Phillies are back in action at 1:10 Sunday in South Florida against the Marlins. Last night’s game will be re-scheduled for a date later in the season, possibly as part for a doubleheader when the Marlins come to Philadelphia on September 22-23. J.A Happ will start today for the Phillies, who have done some shuffling to their rotation because of the rainout. Joe Blanton, the starter last night (only pitched 1 1/3 innings), will pitch Tuesday night against the Chicago Cubs. Tuesday night’s projected starter, Jamie Moyer, will move back to Wednesday night, giving him an extra day of rest.
One final note, if you are a Phillies fan that resides in South Florida, please try to go to the game today. If 25 of you go, you will surely outnumber the Marlins fans in the stadium.