When a sports milestone is looming, I admit I root for bad weather. Nothing big, just a few showers so I can write about it here.
For example: Yankees’ slugger Alex Rodriquez is one hit shy of 3,000 for his career.
And yeah, when he gets that hit, I hope a cloud bursts just as the bat meets the ball. Umbrellas pop open. Fans wrestle with ponchos. And, the tarp goes rolling out over the infield.
I mean, if Rodriguez gets his hit on a clear night in the Bronx, it would spoil the integrity of this blog – The Rainout Blog – if I post a story about it. Right?
Rodriguez’s next chance at smacking a base hit is tonight when the Yankees host the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. But guess what. It’s not looking good for us sports/weather fans.
The forecast is calling for a partly cloudy night and doesn’t give much hope for a cloud burst.
But, if A-Rod can hold off until Sunday… There’s an 80 percent chance of thunderstorms that day. If that 80 percent comes through, then we have something to write about.
Elsewhere around the league:
All times local
Pirates at Nationals: Game time high of 82/Mostly Cloudy – 7:05 p.m. first pitch
Cardinals at Phillies: 82/Mostly Cloudy – 7:05 p.m.
Orioles at Blue Jays: 64/Clear – 7:07 p.m. (retractable roof)
Rays at Indians: 68/Partly Cloudy – 7:10 p.m.
Marlins at Reds: 77/Chance of Thunderstorms – 7:10 p.m.
Mets at Braves: 86/Partly Cloudy – 7:35 p.m.
Rangers at White Sox: 62/Clear – 7:10 p.m.
Red Sox at Royals: 80/Clear – 7:10 p.m.
Cubs at Twins: 78/Clear becoming Partly Cloudy – 7:10 p.m.
Brewers at Rockies: 93/Clear – 6:40 p.m.
Angels at A’s: 69/Clear – 6:35 p.m.
Padres at Diamondbacks: 111/Clear – 6:40 p.m. (retractable roof)
Astros at Mariners: 65/Clear to Partly Cloudy – 7:10 p.m. (retractable roof)
Giants at Dodgers: 78/Clear – 7:10 p.m.