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The Yankees and Orioles are playing a baseball game right now

Sep 7, 2011, 12:12 AM EDT

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After a rain delay of four hours and three minutes, the Yankees and Orioles finally began play right around 11 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.

It would be one thing if it the rain had stopped, but it hasn’t. In fact, it’s still pouring pretty consistently.

Yankee Stadium looks a lot like the crowd you’d normally see at Sun Life Stadium, but the Yankees were desperate to get this one in. The alternatives included either rescheduling the game as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday or perhaps moving the game to a mutual off-day on September 15. Of course, September 15 is the last off-day the Yankees have this season, so they wanted to avoid that at all costs. They would also be en route from Seattle to Toronto, so it would probably be unrealistic. The only other option would be to play the game after the season, if necessary.

Given the drama in Baltimore leading up to Hurricane Irene, many may say the Yankees are doing this to get back at the Orioles. The ironic part is that this Thursday would have been an open day on the calendar had the two teams played a doubleheader on the Friday in advance of the storm. Instead, they’ll be playing the disputed makeup game from August 27. Oh well.

  1. joshftw - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:02 AM

    And the Red Sox are not involved at all! Crazy!

  2. natstowngreg - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:19 AM

    Wonder whatever happened to the rule that said you couldn’t start an inning after 1:00 A.M.?

  3. yankeesgameday - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:35 AM

    Okay, so I just saw miss America come out to sing God Bless America to the twelve people left in the stands during the 7th inning stretch at 1:30 am. But it took her like seven minutes to get through her rendition and the players all look like they want to kill her.

    Can’t believe she stuck around for that. Lol.

  4. jimbo1949 - Sep 7, 2011 at 1:59 AM

    Unfortunately, due to MLB blackout rules, I have had to watch the Baltimore broadcast of this game. The main problem being that I have insufficient cheese to deal with all the whine emanating from the MASN crew. So far the only benefit was the unpatrlotic dogs did not show Miss America singing, showed a commercial instead.

    • boston25rocketman - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

      Lot of whine coming from up there too. And they didn’t show someone singing, bfd. The patriotism in my mind is not affected by entrusting the vocal cords of someone who is likely to butcher the song anyways.

  5. Brian Murphy - Sep 7, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    It just ended. 2:15 a.m. Good times.

  6. sdelmonte - Sep 7, 2011 at 5:48 AM

    Why is this sort of thing left to the home team alone? Shouldn’t there be league-wide standards?

    • rgoltsch - Sep 7, 2011 at 7:49 AM

      From what I read, it was MLB that made the decision to get this game in. This is simply a disgraceful way to treat their fans. I know there have been a lot of rainouts this season, but to start a game four hours late? Shameful

      • bigharold - Sep 7, 2011 at 11:30 AM

        It was 4 hours late AND it was still pouring. In fact it rained hard through the entire game and it didn’t get stopped even after it was an official game.

        Just plain nuts. Some guy ends up with a serious or careeer ending injury, .. for what?

        Of course, I did watch the entire game….

  7. citynative - Sep 7, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    The West Coast didnt stay up to watch it.

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