However, if tornado warnings (See video) are being blasted in the area of the ballpark, that’s a good sign to call it a night and try again tomorrow.
That’s the decision the Cubs and Indians were forced into Monday night at Chicago’s Wrigley Field About an hour and a half before the two teams were to play the first of a four-game series, heavy rain and threats of severe weather forced a postponement.
Monday night’s scheduled game will be made up Aug. 24 in Chicago. However, the two teams will play tonight in Wrigley before trekking to Cleveland for two games at Progressive Field.
— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) June 16, 2015
Just a little wet at Wrigley and in the dugouts… Think I may hear tornado sirens now as well. pic.twitter.com/80PhSF27zn
— Sahadev Sharma (@sahadevsharma) June 15, 2015
Tornado warnings continued through Monday evening, but those warnings didn’t deter fans of the newly minted Stanley Cup champions from celebrating their team’s win in the city over the aptly-named-for-the-moment Tampa Bay Lightning.
For the Blackhawks, it’s their third cup in six years. (Can we call that a dynasty?)
As for fans of the Lightning — the hockey team – many were forced indoors Monday to eyeball game six after a watch party was cancelled because of heavy rain and, you know, real lightning.
Back to the Cubbies for a moment, the team has been plagued by rain since the weekend. On Saturday, Chicago was leading Cincinnati 3-1 in the top of the sixth when rain delayed the game for two hours and 48-minutes.
Cue the tarp crew…
Immediately following the long delay, the Reds tied the game at 3-3 on a Eugenio Suarez two-run homer in the top of the sixth, but the Cubbies – my son’s favorite team, by the way – won it 4-3 when Starlin Castro’s walk-off single scored Kris Bryant in the bottom of the ninth.
Stuff that probably interest only me…
I’ve always been a fan of game notes produced by teams’ media relations offices, and I occasionally like to sort through daily notes from MLB clubs. Buried at the bottom of the Cubs’ notes – I assume it’s there for every game – is the team’s record at Wrigley when the wind is blowing out, blowing in and when there is a cross wind. As of today, June 16, the Cubbies are 11-7 with the wind blowing in and 4-5 when it’s blowing out of the park. They’re 3-1 with a cross wind.