Snow Postpones Chicago White Sox Opener

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Sunday, April 5th, 2009

Tomorrow’s season opener between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals has been postponed due to snow. Sorry they’re technically saying cold. But is anyone really surprised? It seems as if every year at least one early April MLB game is postponed for that exact reason. In fact there could be other games on Monday postponed for just that reason. Games in Cincinnati and St. Louis are also at risk of snow. The Cardinals game could also temps in the mid-20s by the 9th inning. Want more bad weather? The Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox both expect steady rain for their openers.

So what’s this tell us? Baseball does not belong in the Northeast or Mid-West during the early part of April. It just doesn’t. Every year now there are teams who are forced to postpone games due to snow. It’s ridiculous. Fans are forced to sit in games in the 20s, 30s and 40s all because Major League Baseball wants to spread around season openers. You know what? SCREW THAT!!! First week in April belongs on the West Coast, the Gulf Coast and any dome in site!

I’m a Yankees fan and fine with waiting till the second or end of the second week for my team’s home opener. I actually prefer when they play out west to open the season. The weather is more consistent with what they just had in Spring Training. And you know what else? They get a West Coast road trip out of the way early. And when they get back to the stadium the temps are typically warmer and the weather nicer in general.

MLB needs to address the issue with weather and early April games. At least the White Sox had the decency to postpone the game a full day in advance.

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  1. Karen says:

    How many opening days for the white Sox have been better than 65 degrees

  2. Paul Raymond says:

    Quite a few have been warmer than 65, I know. But the point really is that weather in the mid-west and northeast is a crap shoot this time of year. It’s either going to be absolutely brutal or absolutely beautiful. So MLB should really err on the side of caution and just start where the weather is more constant.

  3. Karin says:

    How many, of the 108 opening day games, have been postponed due to weather?

  4. yougabsports says:

    Boston got rained out today as well. It’s tough to take when you wait all winter for the real games to start and then you get shafted because MLB doesn’t schedule the game in a warmer climate. I mean, why would they schedule to open in Boston against Tampa, when the game could have been played at the Trop, in a dome?

  5. JH says:

    Because Boston can sell more tickets and ads. It’s all about the money, not the fans.

  6. Paul Raymond says:

    Not sure if its about ad and ticket sales, as they still play a 55/45 or so split on home games between the two teams. Ticket sales could be a possibility to make MLB look like sales are good on Opening Day but after a AL championship I’m sure the Rays would of sold out opening day.

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