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Red Sox making Hurricane Irene plans for weekend

Aug 24, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

Hurricane Irene

With Hurricane Irene’s projected path currently taking it through Massachusetts on Sunday evening, the Red Sox are talking with MLB about playing a preemptive doubleheader at Fenway Park on Friday or Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.

The A’s will be in Boston for a three-game series scheduled to begin Friday night.

Nothing has been decided about the schedule just yet, but a Friday doubleheader would make the most sense, particularly if it looks like Irene might arrive in Connecticut and Rhode Island as a hurricane.  If the storm encounters some resistance before then, perhaps Saturday would work instead.

“I think they’re throwing around a lot of ideas that are just ideas,” manager Terry Francona said. “Nobody wants to miss gates. The Red Sox don’t, the league doesn’t, for obvious reasons, and for competitive reasons, so do we. We’ll do the best we can.”

  1. zakharovsa - Aug 24, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    That’s nice but how can we turn this into PhilliesChat? This is important.

    • deepstblu - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:33 AM

      The Phillies are in a similar situation, with the hurricane heading toward the Mid-Atlantic states in time for their series at home against the Marlins. While the Phils and Marlins have a common day off on 9/15 that could be used as a make-up date, it is the Phillies’ only off day in September. It wouldn’t be a big surprise to see the Phillies try to move up their Sunday game, which as of now looks like a sure washout.

  2. dwishinsky - Aug 24, 2011 at 6:49 PM

    What or where is “Massachucets”?

    • dwishinsky - Aug 24, 2011 at 6:50 PM

      Wow that was a fast edit.

      • Matthew Pouliot - Aug 24, 2011 at 6:54 PM

        Drew’s work. Thanks, Drew!

      • dwishinsky - Aug 24, 2011 at 7:05 PM

        Good assist!

      • FC - Aug 25, 2011 at 8:40 AM

        So was that a 4-3 or a 5-3 putout?

    • Utley's Hair - Aug 24, 2011 at 7:13 PM

      That’s how they spelled it after they dumped the tea.

      • patsandsox - Aug 24, 2011 at 7:21 PM

        LOL Boston harbour has been a mess ever since. I think its a good idea to play the double header on Saturday. It would be a great excuse for me not to have to go over to my in laws 😉

  3. Eric Fay - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    why would they miss gates?

    • shaggylocks - Aug 24, 2011 at 8:45 PM

      You make it a Friday double-header, you miss all the people who bought tickets for a night game but can’t make it Friday afternoon because they’re at work. You lose concession revenue. Technically not “gates,” since I’m sure the games are already sold out, but Francona is a big league manager, not a semantics wizard.

      • Eric Fay - Aug 25, 2011 at 2:08 AM

        yeah, i was being a smart-ass

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