Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wigan Rain Woes

Remember back to the NFL season when the Steelers bosses were criticized for poor conditions at Heinz Field after a number of high school and college games had been played there ahead of the Steelers Monday nighter against the Dolphins? Now it seems Wigan – no, not Chief Wiggum – is suffering from a similar conundrum.

Wet Sox in Pictures

Speaking of Monday’s game between the visiting O’s and the homestanding White Sox (see below), ChicagoSports.com has a neat 13-page gallery of the rain-soaked contest that was called after 11 innings with the score tied at 3-3. Knock yourself out. The picture posted here is not from Monday’s game, but from Friday’s first inning rain delay in Chicago.

Derby track is real... and it's spectacular

The 134th Kentucky Derby will be run Saturday at Churchill Downs and the weather forecast looks pretty good. There’s a 30 percent chance of rain with isolated thunderstorms predicted for the area with a high temperature of 72 degrees. Not bad, eh? And you can bet that those Kentucky Derby horses will be running on real dirt, not that artificial stuff that’s creeping up at tracks around the country.

Wimbledon, Wet Sox, Wet Birds and All Wet Rules Changes

There’s a new rule here at The Rainout Blog: Less Writing, More Photos. The rule goes into effect immediately, and… there I go writing again. So let me briefly tell you that the photo above is from Wimbledon 2007. The tournament is making news today, in April, about three months before the ’08 edition takes center stage, because Wimbledon officials have said they will not allow the tournament to be played on the middle Sunday, no matter how many rain delays the tournament suffers during its first week. Good for them. Every one who complains can suck it up. Right? Right.

In other rain out, rain delay news… the Mets and Pirates were rained out at Shea Stadium last night, and the White Sox and Orioles were suspended in the 12th inning because of persistent rain in Chicago. No date to resume the game has been announced. The start of that game was delayed more than two hours because of continuous rain that has plagued the White Sox home stand. The good news for the Damp Sox is that they’ll be playing under the roof in Minnesota over the next few days. Oh, and that Pirates at Mets contest will be played Aug. 11, which had been an off day for both teams. Don’t ya hate being called into work on your day off? At least they have a four-month notice.

All right, so much for writing less. I’ll try harder next time. I swear. Speaking of swearing, today is the 25th anniversary of this

Oh, and can you believe I wrote about wet tennis and never mentioned Maria Sharapova?

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

...and in Texas

There's a 40 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms today in Arlington for the Rangers home opener with the Oakland A's. From Star-Telegram.com:

A Pacific cold front was moving Monday toward North Texas where it's expected meet an abundance moist air from the Gulf of Mexico, resulting in possible storms and thunderstorms on Tuesday.

"This isn't the best setup for thunderstorms," said Dan Huckaby, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. "But it's still a 40 percent chance, which is a decent chance.

"Anytime we get a cold front in springtime, with plenty of humidity ahead of it, you usually have a chance for thunderstorms."

Read the rest of the story here.

Royal Rain Clouds Hover Over KC

The Kansas City Royals are scheduled to play their 2008 home opener later today against the New York Yankees. The Royals and their loyal fans are hoping the rain stops in time for the 3:10 p.m. local time first pitch. They also are counting on the Yankees being a bit tired after the Bombers played and won a Monday night game in the Bronx. The Royals had Monday off to relax and watch the weather radar.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Now Back To The Not-So-Cozy Weather

Two English Premier League matches were played in snow on Sunday. The photo above shows Manchester United playing at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium as the white stuff falls to the pitch. ManU, the EPL leaders, played Middlebrough to a 2-2 tie. Here’s a shot from Goodison Park in Liverpool as Everton battles Derby. Everton blanked Derby 1-love. No wait. This is soccer, not tennis. That score should read 1-nill, right? I’m always confused when it comes to scoring. Just ask my… never mind.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Not all days are filled with ominous rain clouds here at the Rainout Blog. Today, the Pirates and Cubs have a picture-perfect day for baseball at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park, as you can clearly see in this Getty Images photo of the first pitch from the Pirates Tom Gorzelanny to Cubbie Alfonzo Soriano. As of this posting, the Cubs lead 8-5 in the top of the sixth. It’s the home opener for the Pirates.

Danica Patrick Gets Wet

Every time I see images like this one of Indy cars racing through rain-slicked tracks, it makes me wish the NASCAR fellas could do the same. This pic is of Tony Kanan on his way to a third place finish in Sunday’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Florida, not Russia. Graham Rahal won the race. Danica Patrick, the only racer we ever care to see in a swimsuit, finished tenth.

Friday, April 04, 2008

No Rays of Sunshine at Birdland

In case you missed it, the rubber match of the Rays at Orioles three-game series was rained out Thursday. No make up date has been announced. The O’s are scheduled to open a four-game set today with Seattle at Camden Yards, but the forecast is not promising for that game. The first pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. You can read more about Thursday’s rainout at the O’s official Web site. In this AP photo, Rays pitchers Al Reyes and J.P. Howell are seen throwing on the Camden Yards field after the game was called.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Rain on Spain's Getafe

Bayern Munich and Getafe played to a lousy 1-1 tie in a quarter-final match of the UEFA Cup in Munich earlier today, and Gatafe’s Ikechukwu Uche looks plenty upset. Perhaps he hates tie games as much as we do. But, there’s no reason to be angry. He and the other fellas got to play outside in the rain today and weren’t stuck in an office someplace.

Royal Treatment

Yesterday, I made mention and posted a photo from Umbrella Night in Baltimore at an Orioles game last year. This year, the Kansas City Royals are passing out golf umbrellas during a May 10 home game with the O’s. Here’s the description from an MLB.com story highlighting this season’s top ballpark promotions:

Kansas City Royals, May 10 vs. Baltimore, Golf Umbrella: There are lots of good golf courses in the Kansas City area, and also lots of rain, so what better tool to solve the occasional convergence of the two? One possible drawback: The umbrella won't help you with the lightning that often hits this part of the country. Maybe next year they'll have Rubber Suit Night.

Rare Delay in LA

Rain eventually hit Dodger Stadium last night, not long after I made the below post and jumped into bed. The result was a 74-minute rain delay and some maddening pitching decisions. You can read the full report at MLB.com. The quotes of the night came from Dodgers skipper Joe Torre, whose team lost 2-1 to the lowly San Francisco Giants.

"I thought I finished with the rain stuff in New York," said Torre.


"We made a decision to go with 11 pitchers," said Torre, "but a night like tonight will change your minds in a hurry."

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Rain Threat Forces Dodgers, Giants Hands

The Giants and Dodgers changed their scheduled pitchers just before Wednesday night's game because of the threat of heavy rain at Dodgers Stadium. I'll let Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News explain:

LOS ANGELES - The Giants scratched Tim Lincecum and started Merkin Valdez in his place because heavy rain was expected to fall at Dodger Stadium Wednesday night.
The Dodgers switched starters first, replacing Chad Billinglsey with reliever Hong-Chih Kuo a half-hour before the first pitch. The Giants followed suit a few minutes later.

Neither club wanted to use a starting pitcher for two or three innings, then force them to sit through what could be a lengthy delay. It was expected that Billingley and Lincecum would pitch at some point during Wednesday's game.

Here's the Los Angeles forecast from NOAA.gov:
Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 11pm, then a chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Southwest wind between 4 and 7 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

UPDATE: I'm not sure there's anything to this story now. I just caught highlights, and Lincecum is in the game for the Giants.

Good night everybody!

Rainy Thursday?

The weather looks pretty good for most of today’s Major League Baseball schedule, but tomorrow may be a different story. Check out the forecasts on weather.com. I love this photo from Umbrella Day at Campden Yards. I'm not sure of the year this was photo was taken.

Wrigley Throwback

Speaking of cool photos (See below) I found this shot, while searching for other pics, of threatening storm clouds hovering above Wrigley Field during a May 2004 game. The Rainout Blog didn’t exist back then. I’m not sure if I had even heard of the word blog four years ago.

Dust Delay

I don’t have much information about this Reuters photo, only that it’s a picture of a group of men caught in a dust storm while playing cricket in Kabul on Monday. Info or not, it’s a super cool photo.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

A Drain on Opening Day

Rain spoiled Opening Day in only two Major League Baseball cities Monday: New York and St. Louis. The last home opener at Yankee Stadium was called off and has been rescheduled for tonight. The same goes for the Cardinals and Rockies opening game at Busch Stadium. Meanwhile, wet stuff hit a few other locations Monday, but teams in those cities played through to the end. I love this photo of the Phillies grounds crew.