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Mother Nature weeps in Chicago

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on April 27, 2009 at 2:17 pm with No Comments »
April 27, 2009 2:17 pm

That’s the kind of thing they told us in grade school in California, where they were afraid rain would somehow intimidate young minds who so rarely saw it.

It’s taking turns here at the ballpark, drizzling one moment, coming down pretty hard the next. Tarps on the infield, players hidden away safely inside.

Hitters can get their work done in cages under the stands. Pitchers?

“We don’t have anyone – rotation or bullpen – who was scheduled to throw today,” pitching coach Rick Adair said. “So no one is missing any work.”

Brilliant scheduling?

“Luck,” Adair said. “We have the off-day (Thursday), so it’s just the way the it worked out today.”

Personally, I’d have gone with brilliant scheduling.

The boys are playing cards, working the crosswords, reading at the lockers or – in Mike Sweeney’s case – studying video.

No word on the game, yet. Here in the midwest, things can change quickly, but the front that’s hunkered down over the ballpark doesn’t seem in a hurry to leave.

If they play, here’s the Mariners lineup:

Ichiro RF

Chavez LF

Sweeney DH

Beltre 3B

Branyan 1B

Lopez 2B

Johnson C

Gutierrez CF

Betancourt SS

Jakubauskas RHP

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