No one saw that coming when they decided to build an open-air ballpark in Minnesota. Right?
When I was at Ithaca College in Upstate New York, I worked on the Sports Information staff in the fall and spring. During the spring, the upstate colleges have this strange tradition. They schedule tons of games (for my purposes, baseball games) that they know will never be played. One spring at Ithaca, we re-scheduled so many baseball games that our staff ace made around 10 consecutive starts. It was like he was on the softball team.
I was drifting back to my days freezing in the Press Box at Bucky Freeman Field (they also build press boxes without heaters because baseball is a spring sport and, it is NEVER cold in the spring…right?) watching the Rays struggle with the Minnesota weather the last few days. If the Twins want an open-air stadium, that is fine, but they shouldn’t have any home games before July. At the very least, MLB needs to change its makeup game rule. The Rays are back in Minnesota in July. They wanted to play the double-header then. But Minnesota balked and, under the rules, have the right to force the Rays into a freezing-cold day-night twin bill today.
For some reason, I thought MLB would be better run than the Empire 8. Guess not.