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Bomber cyclone

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As we look ahead to the 2018 MLB season – and wonder why the offseason is moving slower than Justin Smoak – we are reminded that no matter how hard we wish it were spring, winter is just getting into its windup, man. This week’s “bomb cyclone” exploding on the East Coast, including Yankee Stadium as seen above, is our latest evidence.

Yeah, pitchers and catchers report to warmer environs in Florida and Arizona in about six weeks, but we still have a long way to go before Opening Day.

Below are more images from East Coast ballparks that likely will make you wish spring could get here faster than Trea Turner stealing third.



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A Royal rain

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Monday night’s game in Kansas City between the Royals and Boston Red Sox was postponed by a rainstorm that refused to go away.

Rain fell throughout the day, and as game time neared, the forecast showed no signs the precipitation would cease enough to play. The game will be made up Wednesday as part of a day-night doubleheader with Game 1 beginning at 1:15 p.m. local time. Wednesday’s forecast shows a sunny day in Kansas City with the high temperature hitting around 67.

This is the Red Sox only visit with the Royals in Kansas City this season.
In case you missed it, rain didn’t stop Hanley Ramirez from getting in a workout while teammate and American League player of the week Jackie Bradley Jr. was being interviewed live on the MLB Network.

A-Rod: Master of his domain

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Alex Rodriquez pushed the Yankees’ struggling offense out of a slump, if only temporarily, Sunday night as rain drenched Fenway Park.

With the Yanks in a 1-1 tie with the Boston Red Sox, Rodriguez drilled a 93-mph David Price fastball deep to center field for his fifth home run of the season. The blast gave the visitors a 3-1 lead.

In the fifth, A-Rod doubled to left, scoring Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner.
That hit put the Yankees ahead once again, this time by a 5-4 score.

Rodriguez, hitting just a few ticks above .200, was 2-for-4 on the rainy night.

In his post-game comments, Rodriguez credited his hot hitting partially to Manager Joe Girardi giving him a couple days off in Texas. A-Rod got both his hits while rain peppered the field. Perhaps we could suggests the slugger, who now is eight homers shy of 700, likes to hit in the rain.

Nah. That’s silly. I think the secret is in the unique way A-Rod dries his bats on rainy nights at the ballpark.

Press play on the video below and see for yourself.

Yep! Maybe that’s his secret.

But other members of the light-hitting Yankees found their stroke – did I really need to write that? – Sunday night, banging out – this is getting ridiculous – seven runs on nine hits.

However, it was the Yankees’ pitching that threw a wet napkin on the club’s chances of avoiding a sweep to their American League East rivals. Boston won 8-7 and socked 14 hits off the Yankees’ pitching staff, including a Christian Vazquez game-winning homer in the seventh inning that, I swear, hit and damaged one Saturn’s rings.

David Ortiz said after the game, “That ****er ended up on the moon.” However, we here at The Rainout Blog world headquarters have confirmed the ball traveled much farther.

Hi, Buster

Excluding A-Rod’s bat-drying antics, one of my favorite images of the ESPN Sunday Night broadcast was of reporter Buster Olney hiding from the rain underneath a large umbrella in the bottom of the third inning.


In other rain out news, the Cubs’ afternoon game with the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field Saturday was postponed by inclement weather. No make-up date has been announced.

More socks news

Paul Lukas, author of – one of my favorite sports blogs, by the way – wrote today about folks at Citi Field using their Curtis Granderson giveaway socks as gloves on a chilly, drizzly day at the ballpark.

It’s too bad you can’t swipe your phone or grab your beer while wearing those Granderson socks, eh?


Breaking: Sox and Twins rained out; Nats and Jays, too

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I don’t regularly write breaking news items on The Rainout Blog – because, this time of year, who could keep up, right? – but…

Tonight’s game between the Boston Red Sox and first-place Minnesota Twins – yeah, first place Twins – has been postponed because of “wet grounds and a forecast of moderate to heavy rain showers during the afternoon and evening hours,” the Red Sox website notes. The game has been rescheduled for 1:35 p.m. Wednesday at Fenway Park as part of a day-night doubleheader.

UPDATE: Tonight’s Nationals game with the Blue Jays in Washington, D.C. has been postponed because of rain. The game has been rescheduled for 1:05 p.m. Tuesday as part of a day-night doubleheader.