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The Indians apologize for Friday night’s rain delays

Jun 2, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

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The Indians-Rays game Friday night didn’t end until 2:53 AM Saturday morning. It had five hours of rain delays in all, causing the cancellation of a fireworks show and dollar dog night at Progressive Field which drew nearly 30,000 fans, which is is pretty darn good for Cleveland.

Yesterday team president Mark Shapiro apologized for the delays:

“We feel terrible about that type of circumstance for our fans,” Shapiro said. “That’s not what we’re looking to do here. We’re looking to provide the best experience possible for our fans. To have them wait around that long with that much uncertainty is something we want to work to make right.”

What “make it right” means is unclear, but the team asked fans to hold on to their ticket stubs to the game.

The reason for trying to get Friday’s game in rather than suspend or cancel it was a crappy weekend forecast in Cleveland overall which threatened both yesterday’s and today’s games too.

Rain happens. It’s good of the Indians, however, to realize that even if it happens that it can really be a pain sometimes.

  1. realgone2 - Jun 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    If your sole reason for going to a baseball game is for a fireworks show or a $1 hot dog then you’re a moron to begin with.

    • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      What if your reasons are two-fold and you enjoy both fireworks and cheap hot dogs? Are you still a moron?

      Baseball, fireworks, and cheap hot dogs sure does sound like “family night at the ball park”. Damned moron families.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        How biased of you to assume that fireworks and $1 wieners means family night instead of ladies night.

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:41 AM

        Ladies are in families, too. I just assumed most ladies would be coming to the park anyway, and the fireworks and food would help her convince her kids and husband, respectively, that is was a good idea to go along.

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:44 AM


      • historiophiliac - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:02 AM


      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        $1 hot dog and fireworks night could be just ladies night sans husband and kids. That sounds like a great night out to me. Tsk. So sexist, ‘lions.

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        You sound like a man. 😛

      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:53 AM

        I’ll take that as a compliment, although I probably shouldn’t. This is not the first time I’ve heard that. I like dresses and flowers too. Dancing, walks on the beach. Some girly crap. But baseball is my first love.

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        Not intended as a compliment or insult…just an observation.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Would that have worked better for you if I’d said “cheap wiener” instead? 😉 If it makes you feel better, we can pretend we’re there for the pink bats.

      • paperlions - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Nope, I’m good with women on the prowl for cheap wieners.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:35 PM


      • bigleagues - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

        In a related observation….

        Indaburg is pretty steamy.

        Thus her passion for baseball makes the girly things infinitely tolerable.

      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2013 at 4:15 PM

        Aw shucks, bigleagues. Thanks.

  2. biffnasty - Jun 2, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    @historip…hilarious. thanks for the laugh on a Sunday morning

  3. largebill - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Interleague games already made the schedule a pain for rescheduling rained out games due to only visiting teams once a season. Going with 15 teams in each league which required year interleague games just acerbated the problem. Won’t happen, but ending interleague play would make it much easier to make up games and teams wouldn’t go to ridiculous extremes to get a game in that should have been cancelled.

  4. indaburg - Jun 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I crashed at about 9:45 pm last night thanks to the late night Friday/early morning escapades in Cleveland (among other reasons, but still). Apology not accepted.

    • Kevin Gillman - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:03 PM

      Did they show off the fireowrks, like promised?

      • indaburg - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:09 PM

        No idea. I was watching on tv from Tampa Bay, passed out on my sofa.

  5. mazblast - Jun 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    They didn’t set off the fireworks. Not like that July 4th Braves-Mets game in Atlanta in the mid-1980s that had about 6 hours of rain delays. The game ended around 5:30 AM, and they set off the fireworks as promised, much to the dismay of the surrounding neighborhood. I remember it because I was dozing in my crash chair, and every time I woke up the TV had either the ballgame or Andy Griffith reruns and I couldn’t figure it out. IIRC pitcher Rick Mahler hit a game-tying HR in something like the 15th inning and the Braves won it in the 17th, ten hours after the original starting time.

  6. bigtrav425 - Jun 2, 2013 at 1:41 PM

    Any decision by Mark Shapiro is not a good one…

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