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The Cubs' ineptness causes a rainout

Aug 17, 2009, 9:21 AM EDT

Before the game starts it’s the home team — not the umpires — who decide if a game should be delayed due to rain. According to Dejan Kovacevic — one of the best beat writers in the business, by the way — the Cubs screwed up yesterday’s rainout against the Pirates royally:

First, there was a delay because of the threat
of a storm. Then, after about 20 minutes of solid rain, there was
barely a drop for nearly two hours while the Cubs — the home team is
singularly responsible for calling the beginning of any game — waited
for another storm to arrive.

It never did.

By the time the game was called at 4:35 p.m. Central time, skies
were almost fully clear, and many in the capacity crowd shouted and
booed loudly. No more rain would fall the rest of the day.

My old man was a weatherman for the National Weather Service. He always liked to say that he had the greatest job in the world because, hey, where else could you be wrong all the damn time and not get fired?  The only possible answer I can give is being the people that run the Cubs.

  1. KK - Aug 17, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    As a Sox fan I’m never first to jump to defend the Cubs, but they made the right decision to delay the game with the information they had. You don’t want to start a game and stop it within 20 minutes for an hour or more delay. Everyone knows that negatively impacts the starting pitchers ability to continue once the delay is over. There was heavy rain falling all over Chicago just a few miles away from Wrigley yesterday and it was bad luck that it didn’t consistently fall on the park.

  2. willmose - Aug 17, 2009 at 11:13 AM

    Perhaps it was because the only Pirate starter to win a game in the Pirate’s last 18 was starting.

  3. Phillip Vaillancourt - Aug 17, 2009 at 4:46 PM

    It’s the curse what else ! WGN maybe behind it was WW wrestling mach going on later that Sunday evening

  4. Ed - Aug 17, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Rain Out In Haiku: But It Wasn’t Raining
    Another rain out
    But this one shouldn’t have been
    No rain for two hours
    We waited an hour
    Then they said another hour
    And the rain would start
    Prob’ly could have played
    At least five or six innings
    It would have counted
    Fans are not happy
    Lots of them believe the Cubs
    Were seeking beer sales

  5. Chi-town - Aug 17, 2009 at 7:07 PM

    If it weren’t the Pirates they were playing, I would say their ineptness saved you the misery of seeing another pathetic outing by the Flubs. They are going to have to show me more than they have so far before I commit (I will concede that, should they accomplish this, they will surely break my heart later with a return of total ineptness not seen yet this year – reference last years playoff performance)

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