I’m the host for this episode of the podcast, which includes a brief reading of the weather forecast for Monday, because that’s where we’re at now.
Really, though, can we all stop complaining about the fact that Major League Baseball schedules games in the northern part of the country at this time of year? Because we’re now at the time of year when baseball has been played in the northern part of the country for a long time. The 1958 Yankees opened their season 60 years ago Sunday, and when Don Larsen shut out the Red Sox at Fenway, it was on a 60-degree afternoon. Had the Yankees been home this weekend instead of in Detroit, they would have enjoyed a wonderful Friday evening for baseball, a perfect Saturday afternoon, and a chilly but not unusual for the time of year Sunday.
And, yes, it rains in April. There’s a whole rhyme about it that you learn as a kid. This year, there happens to be worse weather than usual, but they’ve also had a rainout in San Francisco, so what can you do?
Oh, right, there is a thing you can do, which is to build baseball stadiums in the 21st century that can be used in any weather. Yankee Stadium is a huge facility that is rendered basically useless for half the year because they didn’t want to put a roof on it. At least they could play the tradition card, or the space card, dubious as each would be, but the Mets have no excuse whatsoever for playing in a building where they can be rained out or snowed out. As discussed on this show, though, it’s Minnesota that takes the cake. Can’t wait until the Twins make it to a World Series and have to go to Milwaukee to play their home games!
Anyway, the weather stinks, but it will really be spring soon… probably for about three days before we go into full-on summer, because that’s how it all works. Thank goodness for the baseball we’re going to get, though, because if this became a weather podcast…
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