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Sunday Night Baseball: Cardinals at Cubs (Postponed)

20 April 2009 No Comment

For the first time since Friday, April 22, 2005, I was planning to attend a Major League Baseball game that ended up being postponed. Last night’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs was postponed two hours before the scheduled first pitch since it had rained steadily all day Sunday.

Rain Delay Rules
Since the Ultimate Sports Wife and I live so close to Wrigley Field we have one rule we live by – when it is raining, we do not leave our house until the first pitch is thrown. Once the first pitch is thrown, umpires will generally let games play on in a heavy rain. However, by entering the park before the game starts, fans may be susceptible to lengthy rain delays with no option to return to the park if they decide to leave during the delay.

MLB Postponed Game Notes
I have now attended 11 postponed MLB games. Nine of those games have come at Wrigley Field while the other two were at Pittsburgh (1996) and Oakland (1994).

I have attended three postponed games between the Cubs and Cardinals. The first postponed game occurred after Darryl Kyle passed away in his hotel room on June 22, 2002. In the second postponed game, the Cubs and Cardinals played four wild innings in torrential downpours on Mother’s Day (May 11, 2003). St. Louis led Chicago 11-9 when Eli Marrero suffered a severe right ankle sprain. Even though the rains did not let up the umpires called the game after the injury.

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