Game 5 of the American League Championship Series is tonight in Cleveland, and there is about a 40 percent chance of rain with a low of 65 degrees when C.C. Sabathia tosses out the first pitch at 8:21 p.m. If you're going to the game or watching at home and hoping not to have to sit through a long rain delay, remember this line from a story posted today on Cleveland's News Channel 5 Web site about Jacobs Field and its remarkable ability to not, uh, retain water:
"The drainage system under the field can whisk away 12 inches of water an hour."
That may be the stat of the day. Also, I don't think anyone doubts the ability of the Jacobs Field grounds crew. Remember what they did on Opening Day when a snow storm hit the ballpark? If not, watch this remarkable time-lapse video from Cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.
Judging from tonight's forecast, there shouldn't be much to worry about as far as the weather is concerned. I'm no meteorologist, but I don't expect a rain out. But if there is a rain out, it's not the end of the world. Right, Manny?