As I’m sure you’re all well aware, Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the East Coast, and most reports are predicting quite a bad storm from North Carolina to New England. And though it’s hardly the most important thing in the world, baseball will be affected as well. The Yankees are in Baltimore this weekend, scheduled to play five games in four days against the Orioles with a doubleheader Saturday, just as Irene is scheduled to be at its worst here in the Mid-Atlantic.
The Yankees, anticipating bad weather, suggested rescheduling the double header to today, but the Orioles and MLB refused. I don’t really know why, as there seems to be very little chance that all of the games will be played as scheduled, but MLB claimed that Monday could be used as a “cushion.” Nevermind that if more than one game is rained out there will need to be two twin-billings to get the games in, meaning that they likely would have needed that Monday cushion even if they played two games today. And in the highly likely event that Saturday and Sunday are a total wash-out, the teams may only be able to play three of the five scheduled games. I guess Peter Angelos is hoping the game(s) gets rescheduled as a split gate event at Yankee Stadium next month or something.
Of course baseball should be far from the first thing on your mind this week, as virtually the entire Eastern seaboard is in the path of the storm. Be sure to keep an eye on the news, heed the warnings of emergency service personnel, and if you’re in a low lying or coastal area that’s being evacuated, GET THE HELL OUT!
Hopefully the lights stay on, and we’ll have some baseball to ride out the rain with.