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There was a rain delay at the Rogers Centre last night. The domed Rogers Centre

Sep 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT


Used to be called the Sky Dome. More like the Sky DON’T, amirite?

There was a brief, unofficial rain delay during the Blue Jays’ game against Baltimore on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.

Stadium officials experienced difficulty while attempting to close the retractable roof as light showers began to fall. The roof was still functioning, but at a much-reduced speed, according to a spokesman for the Blue Jays. The lack of protection from the open skies resulted in a short delay in the middle of the sixth inning.

But not even an act of God or Roof can stop the Orioles these days.

  1. bmorelikeme - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    The O’s announcers were having a field day with all the stadium malfunctions. For a bit more context. The roof was closed at the start of the game. They decided to open it in the 3rd inning or so. Naturally, the rain promptly begins to fall. They try to close it, but it gets stuck halfway. The outfielders are staying dry, the infielders getting wet. And to top it all off, the fire alarm starts going off in the 6th or 7th, yet no one feels the need to leave their seats.

    Oh and the O’s won big, one of the more entertaining baseball games I’ve seen.

    • chill1184 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:32 AM

      The box score was a statement the O’s made to the rest of the AL which was; “We’re real and we’re coming for you!”

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:03 AM

        Ah, the nouveau riche. You know, humility is always a good look.

      • mazblast - Sep 5, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        I’m on Baltimore’s side, BUT keep two things in mind–One, you’re not in the playoffs just yet; and Two, just because Yankee and Red Sox fans strut around with a sense of entitlement does not mean you should do the same. It’s an ugly attitude regardless of who has it. As indaburg said, “humility is always a good look”.

  2. silversun60 - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    The game started with the roof closed… then they decided to open it… then they tried to close it again. So much is going right for the jays right now……

  3. jaysjunkie - Sep 5, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Weird night and a pretty embarrassing one for the ‘ol concrete convertible (and the Jays on the field). Definitely a newsworthy story, although some of the media reports on this one are pretty shoddy journalism. The delay was maybe, MAYBE, a couple of extra minutes during the middle of the sixth. The linked report above states says it was both an “unofficial delay” (whatever that is) and later on “The game might not have been delayed, but the quality of the playing surface was definitely affected”. And that bastion of high journalism, USA Today, said in their story on it “So out came umbrellas from fans – and who brings umbrellas to an indoor game? Perhaps they saw it coming.” Or maybe they had their umbrellas because it WAS raining when they went to the game?

    • chumthumper - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:22 AM

      Umbrellas should NEVER be allowed at sporting events. If you don’t want to get wet, stay home!

    • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      I have never been to Rogers Centre (it’s on the list of stadiums to visit) but I assume the parking is not covered? If it was raining, people need an umbrella to not arrive soaked, correct? I have taken an umbrella to Tropicana Field for that reason.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:11 AM

        What parking? It is obvious that you have never been there. There is some underground parking nearby; however, most people use public transit to get there. I live miles away, but go there by bus and walk from the downtown bus terminal. A lot of people come in by train in order to visit both the Rogers Centre and the Air Canada Centre. Why pay for parking when public transit is cheaper and efficient?

        It did rain most of the day, but by the evening, the rain seemed to have ended.

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:21 AM

        As I said, I’ve never been. Well, then people needed umbrellas to not get wet from their walk from the train or bus to the stadium. I wish we had a good mass transit system here in Florida but our idiot governor ixnayed that. I’m originally from NYC, and I took the subway to get to Flushing. Best way to get to a stadium.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:36 AM

        PC Public Transit is not necessarily cheaper and better. If there’s four of us I much prefer to go park at 320 Front Street West. $10 parking (if I used Public Transit that’s $6 per person for $24 total, which includes two rides per user, one to go and one to come back). In fact the only time it makes sense to use Public Transit is if you’re going alone to the game.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 5, 2012 at 2:55 PM

        I pay $3.65 (seniors rate) from Brampton on Go Transit. Underground parking 320 Front St is very close to Rogers Centre as is underground parking at the Convention Cretre just south of the stadium.

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        You pay, the senior rate, pc? Well, that explains a lot. :-)

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:47 PM

        You pay the senior rate, pc? Well, that explains a lot. :-)

      • indaburg - Sep 5, 2012 at 4:48 PM

        Oops. Sorry for the double post.

  4. dowhatifeellike - Sep 5, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Apparently it had been raining all day in Toronto. I don’t know why they decided to open the roof; it was raining again before they got it open all the way. Then it got stuck when they tried to close it, so for about an inning the pitchers were dry while the guys at the plate were getting soaked.

  5. jaysfan64 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Agreed – any parking near the dome is horrifically expensive (especially that lot on the Quay that always seems full) – most people do take transit to the games…having said that the only thing I was thinking at that time was “Even the roof is injured now…what’s next? The mound?”…

    • Francisco (FC) - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:37 AM

      Geez, you people just don’t know where to park do you? I can find $10 parking flat rate for the game easy. Still better than TTC which is $3 per trip per person, so to go and come back that’s $6 per user.

  6. cur68 - Sep 5, 2012 at 11:42 AM

    Know what else about that game was remarkable? Kevin Gregg got a 7 pitch, 8th inning relief appearance in. He was protecting a 12 run lead and he was lights out. Just unhittable. So that, friends and neighbours, is the secret to Kevin Gregg: he pitches like Cy Young indoors in the rain. Yeah. That’s gonna happen lots.

  7. nbjays - Sep 5, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    Or maybe he just pitches like Cy Young with a 12 run lead…

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