Baltimore Orioles: Weather not so kind
Hurricane Joaquim and “surrounding storms” aren’t being too kind to the Baltimore Orioles. Of course earlier in the week they had a game rained out which sparked a doubleheader on Wednesday, and then they had a three-hour rain delay on Thursday. It didn’t take a genius to know that they wouldn’t play last night in the opening game of the season’s final series – against New York.
So the O’s will attempt to get in a split doubleheader today. Notice the emphasis on the word attempt. Again, this is a split twin-bill, which means that fans will need a separate ticket to get into each game. Game one will represent last night’s game and begin at noon, and game two will be the previously scheduled 7 PM Saturday night game.
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These games are meaningful for New York and a few other teams, so the Orioles are kind of accessories for playing these games – but that’s part of the deal when you’re not in the chase. I recognize that there are all kinds of special giveaways and features at all three games this weekend due to it being Fan Appreciation Weekend. And incidentally, nobody does that type of thing better than the Orioles. However had I been them I would have considered doing a single-admission doubleheader starting at noon today.
Whether or not noon will be a suitable time to begin a game with the weather forecast is another story. My personal prediction is that some of playoff implications work themselves out below New York in the standings, and that at least one of these games this weekend gets canceled and not rescheduled. But who really knows.
And yes folks, I’m aware of the fact that we’re in the middle of a nor’easter – as opposed to Hurricane Joaquim as I indicated above. That’s why I threw in the “surrounding storms” bit. But when you look out the window and see the rain all day, or have to put on your jacket to go outside since it’s so cold, just remember that March is only six short months away. And hope springs eternal.
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