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Everyone complains about the weather, but …

Sep 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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Actually, I could understand it better if it was the weather that was being complained about.  In Mike Vaccaro’s column, however, there is this vague sense that all of the rain on the east coast — or at least the inconvenience it caused — was somehow Major League Baseball’s fault.  That’s underscored by the headline — which Vaccaro likely did not write — which reads “Baseball really soaks fans this time.”

The stories from the fans who stuck out last night’s Yankees-Orioles game are interesting enough (note to Freddie Palmeiri: you either should have gone home with your girlfriend or else you should dump your girlfriend). But the “boy, they got you over a barrel” stuff in the piece is kind of misplaced in my view. Yes, the game was late and inconvenient and uncomfortable, and no, the Yankees did not stop selling merchandise and concessions to the people who stuck it out, but what’s the alternative?  Cancel a game that, however crappy the conditions, ended up being able to be played?  Screw with an already compacted schedule even more?

Now, don’t get me wrong: there is a bit of history in baseball — and I hear the Yankees have done this a lot on the past — of waiting and waiting and waiting to call games in order to collect as much parking and concession money as they can, even if they knew the game was going to be called.  They did this to me at a spring training game in Tampa in 2010, and all the Yankees fans there knew what as goin’ on.

But that’s not what went down last night. And I’m not sure the Yankees or Major League Baseball could do anything other than simply play the game if it was able to be played. Which it was.  Rain happens. Part of the deal, ya know?

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Im amazed!
    No, not by Vaccaro’s take on the subject or his willingness to make MLB the villian
    Or by Craig’s comments on the inevitability of nature’s quirks.
    I’m amazed that I linked to the Pestilence website and wasn’t immediately assaulted by 15 pop-ups, 3 of which would make a Def Leppard concert seem like an afternoon at the library.

    • pjmarn6 - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:33 PM

      MONEY, MONEY, MONEY is the name of the game. The best interest of the fan ranks down with watching the grass grow.

  2. sdelmonte - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Clearly, baseball is wealthy enough that it should have developed a weather control device.

    Unless the NFL has a better one, and intentionally is causing the rainouts so that by the time the weekend rolls around, everyone is so frustrated that they watch an otherwise inferior sport.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:19 AM

      “Clearly, baseball is wealthy enough that it should have developed a weather control device. “

      They have. It is called a retractable roof. You would think a $1.3 billion should come with a free retractable roof of some sort, but alas, no.

  3. sacharisma - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    To be fair to the writer, MLB did kind of screw the teams. Yankees wanted to do a single admission DH today and they refused.

    Buck Showalter was also fantastically, maliciously negligent as well.

    • atworkident - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

      Buck Showalter was also fantastically, maliciously negligent as well.

      What does that mean? Buck was negligent in what way? Explain yourself.

  4. Jonny 5 - Sep 7, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Mother Nature also has an east coast bias.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    It seems silly to complain about the handling of this one from a fan’s perspective. They had the option of staying or going, they were allowed to move to better seating, and, whether they left or stayed, they can use the ticket to get a free one to a game next season.

    What more could the Yankees/MLB have done here? It rained. Deal with it.

  6. Professor Longnose - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    The Yankee game was handled poorly. They waited 4 hours for decent conditions, and when they didn’t get them, they played the game in the same horrible conditions they could have played in 4 hours earlier.

    According to the Daily News writer who was in the radio booth in the 5th inning, word is that Bud Selig called the Yankees (and the umpires, presumably) and told them that this game was going to be played regardless, because MLB doesn’t want the game rescheduled to the one off day before the end of the season and the start of the playoffs, which would have been possible.

    The Yankees, as they often do, announced that tickets for the game could be exchanged for other tickets, and that includes ticket stubs even if you went to the game. As it happens, there aren’t enough tickets left this season, so they have to be exchanged for tickets to a game next season. So whether you went or not, you did not lose your ticket value. That’s very cool of the Yankees.

  7. dailyrev - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    Another case where capitalism utterly failed.

    Allow me to explain: if I’m the owner of either team, I’ve got immensely valuable property out there in that swamp of a field, and if a single piece of that property is injured because of these conditions and my handlers’ insistence that the game be played come hell or high water, I’m a huge loser. I have to connect with my colleague (the other team’s owner) and say, “let’s organize and take a nip at the institutional hand that feeds us…neither of us wants to accept this risk to our human property, let’s bag it and say a big FU to MLB.”

    But this is what you almost never see in corporate America: the hierarchy is too entrenched for vision to become acceptable or even possible. Note that this is not necessarily about doing what’s right — I’ve long since given up on that with corporate America. It’s about doing what’s safe to protect the investment long-term. But if a Markakis, a Rivera, a Wieters, or a Texeira had ripped open an ACL or something in that muck, you can bet there would be after-the-fact howling from the affected owner to beat the band.

  8. delawarephilliesfan - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:11 PM

    Give Mike a break – he is about to hear an on slought of abuse from Phillies fans:

    Magic number is 2 for that prediction to officially tank

  9. cur68 - Sep 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    A lot of rain this season. Maybe close to a record? If so then one day this’ll be known as “The Big Wet”, I’m sure of it. When it is this’ll be the song about it;

    I had this dream where I relished
    The fray and the screaming that filled my head all day
    It was as though I’d been spit there, settled in, into a pocket
    Of a lighthouse off some rocky socket,
    Off the coast of France, Dear

    One afternoon, four thousand men died in the water here
    Five hundred more were thrashing madly as parasites might in you blood
    Now I was in lifeboat designed for ten and ten and only,
    Anything that systematic would get you hated.
    The Tragically Hip
    Nautical Disaster

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