MLB Favors the Yankees? Really?Thursday, October 18, 2012
I was mystified by last night’s rain postponement of the Tigers-Yankees game in Detroit because there was, uh, no rain here. I scratched my head when, upon turning on the game, I was directed to an episode of Seinfeld. Then I found this on ESPN.
According to an announcement in the pressbox, the game was postponed “to preserve the integrity of an uninterrupted contest.”
“They kept saying it was going to come and it never came,” Tigers pitcher Max Scherzersaid. “So, go figure.”
The first pitch had been scheduled for 8:07 p.m., but shortly before then, the crowd was informed of the delay. A radar forecast for the Detroit area was eventually posted on the scoreboard video screen, as if to explain to fans why there was no baseball despite what was still rather pleasant weather at the ballpark.
I guess I don’t watch enough sports on TV to know that they now cancel games because it might rain or because a cold front is coming through the area. A local Detroit media outlet reported,
The rain delay started as a preemptive measure as a cold front moved into the area. The threat of rain, not rain itself, ultimately caused the game’s postponement. The MLB called it “the forecast for inclement weather.”
What really happened is the following: Yankee pitcher CC Sabathia is being held up as the last savior of the poor Yankees, who are one game away from going back to the Bronx empty handed. Thus he is pivotal to saving Major League Baseball, a quasi-government organization that pampers its multi-millionaire superstars in pinstripes. The Yankees didn’t want to take a chance that Sabathia would pitch a few innings on Wednesday and have the rain come, causing the game to be halted and continued on Thursday. That would leave Sabathia unavailable to pitch Thursday’s game, and thus unable to save the Yankees and MLB. Even The Guardian made fun of the delay: “New York Yankees saved by a rainless rain delay against Detroit Tigers.” I am looking forward to a World Series lacking the Elite Coast teams. Go Cardinals!
I don’t want to jinx my Detroit Tigers, but here’s to a great combination: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Tigers. And by the way, tonight’s forecast is for … possible rain.