Detroit Tigers

No speech, no win

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

As a baseball weather blogger, it’s tempting, and somewhat predictable, to lead off with this and that about the White Sox-Tigers Opening Day game and festivities getting rained out and rescheduled.

However, the indelible images of rain dousing Cubs and Cardinals players – and fans at the ballpark – the night before are hard to ignore.

Just before Cardinals’ closer Seung Hwan Oh let a 3-0 advantage slip away in the top of the ninth, the clouds above unleashed a steady rain down on Busch Stadium. The game played on, however, and the home team grabbed the victory, 4-3, when Randall Grichuk singled to left in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Jose Martinez.

Cards fans went home – or someplace – wet and happy.

“Speechless,” Grichuk, not being speechless at all, said after the game. “Obviously, doing it against our Central rival, the Cubs, who won it last year, that adds to it. It’s just a night I won’t forget.”

Before opening night, the last game the Cubs had played was Game 7 of the World Series, which featured a rain delay, a speech and a memorable comeback that gave the Chicago side its first World Series title since – ah, you know all that 108 years stuff.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon was asked if he considered prompting Jayson Heyward, or anyone wearing Cubbie blue, to rouse the team with another speech, even if it was just game one of 162.

“Believe me, I thought about it,” Maddon said. “That’s our method, is to have a little bit of rain. We just didn’t have a team meeting.”

As for Chicago’s American League team – you know, the one whose Opening Day was spoiled by rain – they made up the game Tuesday, an originally scheduled off day, against Detroit. The Tigers bested the Wet White Sox, 6-3.

Monday’s game was called after an hour and 41-minutes after the 3:10 p.m. first pitch time.

And… this just in: Today’s games between the Cubs and Cardinals in St. Louis and Tigers and White Sox in Chicago have been called because of rain.The Cardinals and Cubs series finale has been re-scheduled for 12:45 p.m. local Thursday.

The Cardinals and Cubs series finale has been rescheduled for 12:45 p.m. local Thursday.

Heavy rain, wind and forecasted 40-degree temperatures forced the postponed of the White Sox-Tigers game. They’ll make it up as part of a doubleheader May 26.

Heavy rain, wind and forecasted 40-degree temperatures forced the postponed of the White Sox-Tigers game. They’ll make it up as part of a doubleheader May 26.

The two teams are scheduled to play Game 2 of the series in Chicago Thursday, but at this rate, it’s not guaranteed. (I’m resisting the urge to point out the play on words in that last sentence. You’re smart; you’ll get it.)

A man walks into a bar

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Actually, the man – yep, it was me – walked in an Olive Garden Saturday evening with his family. But just through the glass double doors was a bar, and just above the bar was a behemoth 70-inch TV. And showing on that behemoth was the Baltimore Orioles pre-game show.

So, of course my mind began racing to figure out how I could convince my beautiful wife that she, my two kids and I, should sit at the bar to eat dinner and watch the Orioles.

Seats for four at the bar. Sounds great, right?

Yep.

“Pass the breadsticks!”

“Did you see Manny grab that liner down the third base line?”

Ahhhhh. Is this heaven?

No. It’s Olive Garden…

OK, you’re right. I’ve been with my wife for 26 years now, so it didn’t take me long to realize any persuasive attempts to sit at the bar would be futile and would only end up with her giving me the stink eye. She’s so good at the stink eye.

So, I sucked it up, waited for the black round buzzer with the dancing red lights to fire off and we took a table far, far away from the TV.

I didn’t think too much more about the game for a few minutes until I realized something had been strange about the pregame show. There were no fans in the seats at Camden Yards.

Now, you don’t need to be any sort of sleuth to know something’s up. Could this be a rain out?!?!?!

Wiggling my fingers with excitement like Homer Simpson reaching for a sprinkled doughnut, I reached for my phone to check Twitter. Nothing. I checked my At Bat app. Nothing. And then back to Twitter. Ahhhhhh, there it is: Game called because of inclement weather.

“I’ll have the eggplant parmigiana. And water with no lemon, please!”

 

They’re never, ever, ever getting back together

Well, never say never, but the Yankees and Tigers are finding it difficult to reschedule their April 10 nationally-televised Sunday night game that was postponed by a nasty wintry mix in Detroit.

The difficulty stems from the fact the Yankees are scheduled make no more trips to Detroit this season. According to the Detroit Free Press, the teams have only six mutual off days: April 18, May 2, June 2, July 28, Sept. 1 and Sept. 19.

Miggy makes it rain… again

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Miguel Cabrera hits baseballs that can burst clouds.

You may remember Cabrera hit his 400th career home run last month in St. Louis, and shortly thereafter, heavy rain suspended the game for an hour and 20 minutes.

Cabrera did it again Wednesday night in Cincinnati. The Tigers’ slugger sent a Johnny Cueto fastball the opposite way, deep into the right-field seats at the Reds’ Great American Ball Park. The blast gave Detroit a 3-2 lead.

Before Cueto could toss another pitch, the Reds’ field crew dragged out the tarp to cover the field as the rain fall became heavier. The game was delayed for an hour and 14 minutes.

When played resumed, the Reds tied the game at 3-3, sending the contest into extra innings. Those Reds fans who waited through the storm and few extra frames were treated to exciting finish when third baseman Todd Frazier hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 14th inning.

The homer, Frazier’s second of the game and his fourth in two games, gave Cincinnati an 8-4 win early Thursday morning.

Let’s go to the video tape:

A rainy, messy night in Washington delayed the game between the Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays for about 27 minutes. The Rays, who play their home games in a dome and don’t get out much – experience their first weather delay of the season.

The rain in Washington was the impetus for one of the best quotes of the night. This one came from Nats’ skipper Matt Williams when talking to reporters after the game about a particular not-so-pretty play form his team in the field.

“It’s raining like cats and dogs and other creatures,” Williams said. “Slick ball.

Funny!

But you know what’s funnier? A guy wrestling with a poncho at Nationals Park. Take it away Bob and F.P. (Wait. Do ponchos come with directions?)

You know what’s not funny? That could easily be me someday. Easily!

Rain king for the day

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Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera smacked the 400th home run of his career Saturday through pouring rain in St. Louis. Cabrera deposited a full-count fastball from Cardinals lefty Tyler Lyons an estimated 428 feet away in the first inning.

Miggy is all smiles as he rounds the bases.

See the home run here

Shortly after Cabrera’s home run, the game was suspended an hour and 20 minutes for rain. The Tigers went on to win 4-3 in 10 innings.

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.

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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