Mud in the spikes, but Timmy doesn’t balk

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Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum had a heck of a time with the mound at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati Thursday night.

Andrew Baggarly of writes about the hurler’s struggles:

He threw 32 pitches to the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park, most of them missing high or bouncing in the dirt or otherwise treating Buster Posey like the business end of a shooting gallery. He walked three, threw a wild pitch, had two bases swiped on his watch, slipped on the rubber as if someone slathered it with Crisco, used an honest-to-goodness dinner fork to clean out his muddy spikes and only walked back to the dugout courtesy of two wall-bumping catches in center field from Angel Pagan.

Baggarly also quote Lincecum about the muddy conditions, saying: “You’ve got 30 some-odd mounds out there. You’ve got to adjust and work with it and I didn’t. More mentally it got to me. That’s where I’ve got to tighten my focus.”

Here’s video of Lincecum’s troubles. Check out the 3-2 pitch to Marlon Byrd – there’s a runner on second – in which Lincecum displays some nifty athletic ability by getting the pitch to the plate as he stumbles to avoid a balk.



Harold’s rain delay story

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The clock is making its way toward 11:30 p.m. at The Rainout Blog world headquarters on the East Coast. I need to hop out of bed at 4:45 a.m. for work, but I was hoping to catch the first couple of innings of the Nationals at Padres game.

As luck would have it, there’s currently a rain delay at Petco, only the sixth one in the park’s history. Anyway, I’m flipping between MASN and the MLB Network and here Harold Reynolds talk about the importance of staying ready to play, physically and mentally, during a rain delay.

Here’s Reynolds talking to Al Leiter and Greg Amsinger:

“I was in Triple A, Salt Lake City… first time I had ever had a tarp in my life, right? It’s raining cats and dogs in Salt Lake. You can imagine, a lot like Colorado, right?” Reynolds said, pointing to Leiter on the set.

“And I’m like, ‘we’re not playing tonight! Let’s go to the movies. Let’s figure out what we’re doing,” he said excitedly.

“The next thing you know, they rip off the tarp, and I’m standing at the plate going ‘oh my.’ I wasn’t ready to play at all. That was a huge lesson in figuring out… uh oh, you better stay ready.”

What is this stuff falling from the sky in San Diego?

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Here’s a candidate (see below) for Rain Delay Photo of the Week. OK, that’s not officially a thing, but it should be. By the way, this is only the sixth rain delay in Petco Park history, according to the Padres on Twitter. Others on Twitter, however, are saying that five of the delays were caused by rain and the other by bees.

Update: We now have video of the game being called and the Petco field crew rolling out the tarp:

Today’s post… You won’t believe what happens next

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It’s Thursday and that means a handful of get-away games are happening in Major League Baseball. Several teams, including the Tigers, Rangers and Phillies paying day games and hosting weather education day for local youngsters. It looks like a lot of fun judging by some of the photos published by teams and participants on social media.

With that, here a few Rain Drops, or sports/weather related items from around the world.

It seems Mike Trout is a bit of a weather buff. I’m thinking Trout should do an interview with The Rainout Blog. What do you say, Mike? … I don’t delve much into college and high school baseball rain delays and postponements – I’d be constantly on the computer, and I need some time to spend with my family – but here’s an interesting situation were a rain delay, and a silly rule, cost a Florida high school baseball team a playoff victory. … Raise your hand if you want to see the Crown Princess Mary of Denmark playing soccer football with children in pouring rain. Actually, keep your hands down and click this link. … Using one of those annoying but effective headline formulas we loathe but can’t stay away from, a Deadspin writer told us a few weeks ago – yeah, I was hesitant about linking to this – why “Baseball rain delay hijinks are the best thing in sports.” Can you hear my eyes rolling from where you sit? The brief post does nothing to convince me the headline is correct. … Oh by the way, the Houston Astros plan to play with the Minute Maid Park roof open tonight against the Blue Jays.

Frosty Coors

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CoorsFieldsnow05-2015I played wiffle ball with a bunch of kids on Sunday, Mother’s Day.

The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers played a game that day, too. At first pitch – mine was a curve in on the hands of a 9-year-old – the weather was beautiful at both places, in Denver and here at the Rainout Blog World Headquarters.

The big difference in those two games – we’re still talking weather here – is my crew ranging in age from 8 to 44 – didn’t need to shovel and plow snow from the field before we played.

It’s becoming an annual occurrence for the Rockies’ grounds crew to wake up on a game day, find several inches of snow on the ground and remove it so the boys of, uh, summer can play ball.

That’s what happened Sunday. More than four inches of snow fell on Coors Field and the team’s “grounds crew spent Sunday morning shoveling the outfield and taking the snow out of the stadium in small bulldozers,” said an Associated Press story.

The Rockies tweeted that the same thing happened last year, too, at nearly the same date.
Check out the MLB video, with a little time lapse thrown in, of the Rockies grounds crew making quick work of the snow removal process.


Slippery when wet

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What’s it like to try to pitch effectively in a pouring rain? To throw strikes with a wet ball? To not let the ball slip out of your hand and bean the batter? To not go down in a mud slide from the mound?

Ask Brett Anderson.

The Dodgers’ lefty had the unenviable task of trying to sit down Colorado Rockies’ hitters Friday night while also attempting to ignore pesky, steady rain drops. And yeah, he also had to maintain his footing and not slide of the slippery mound.

“You can’t really think about that, or you’ll be hesitant and you could hurt yourself worse,” Anderson said. “But it was weird circumstances.”

In this video (for some reason the video is not embedding on the blog), you can see Anderson struggle through the rain as he faced the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon.
Anderson got off to a good start against Blackmon, tallying a no balls and two strikes count, but then threw four straight balls to walk the Rockies’s outfielder. Anderson, as you will see, slipped and almost fell as he threw ball four.

Give Blackmon credit; he also had to focus through the rain drops on some 91-mph heat from Anderson to draw the walk. And you know he had to be thinking about the possibility of a wet ball zipping toward his skull after slipping from Anderson’s hand.

Lousy weather conditions persisted and umpires called the game after five innings, shortly after Blackmon’s at-bat, giving the Dodgers a 2-1 win over the Rockies at Coors Field.

“It was difficult. Pretty poor conditions,” Anderson said. “I can’t believe we played through five innings of that. It’s probably the hardest rain I’ve played through on the field.”

Rain postponed the following night’s action, and then… then came the snow, which covered Coors Field Saturday, prompting Anderson to tweet:

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Heavens can’t wait

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Featured imageHave you ever had one of those moments – pre-DVR, of course – where you had to run off from to the television during a baseball game to… um, take care of important business? You wanted to get through one more batter – your team is playing a rival in an important series – but you just couldn’t wait.

That’s relatable, I think, to the happenings in Detroit Sunday night. In a 1-1 tie, Miguel Cabrera came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth with his Tigers in 1-1 tie with the Royals.

That’s when it happened. The skies couldn’t hold it any longer.

Rain delayed the game for an hour and 43 minutes, pushing the contest well past midnight and making me even more sleep deprived. When the game resumed, the homestanding Tigers loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth, but failed to produce a run. The Royals grabbed a run in the top of the 10th and hung on for a 2-1 series-clinching win over its American League Central rivals.


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