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Rescheduling last night’s rained out Rays-Sox game: harder than you’d think

May 1, 2014, 8:23 AM EDT

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The Red Sox and Rays game was rained out last night. One would think that rescheduling such a thing would be a cinch because these are division rivals, it’s early in the season and they will play each other a lot over the next several months. Yet, there is still some controversy and rancor.

The Rays didn’t want a day-night doubleheader today. They are slumping badly, they have multiple pitchers on the DL and the weather doesn’t look all that great for today either. They preferred a makeup game on one of the mutual off-days they and the Sox have before later series between the teams in Boston, but the Sox don’t want that because each time that occurs it deprives them of their only off-days in a long stretch or come after a long road trip.

One other factor that a lot of people were talking about yesterday? Last night was supposed to be Dustin Pedroia bobblehead day and, if the game is not made up today, the Sox are going to have to find storage for several thousand boxes of bobbleheads. That, however, the team is saying played no factor:

“I can assure you the bobbleheads had nothing to do with our decision to play two tomorrow,” [Sox COO Sam] Kennedy wrote in an e-mail Wednesday night. “We have a responsibility to play 81 home games each season, and two games tomorrow gives us the best chance. Of course, you never know what tomorrow will bring weather-wise, but that’s baseball in New England.”

So, it’s a day-nighter today. The Rays aren’t happy about it — there was a lot of back and forth with the league about it last night — but that’s what’s going down. And everyone who wanted to get a bobblehead last night can get one today.

  1. gothapotamus90210 - May 1, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Day nighters are great opportunities to day load, with mayhem among fans likely to ensue.

    • bringbackkosar - May 1, 2014 at 8:43 AM

      rowdy drunks in Boston, surely you jest

      • gothapotamus90210 - May 1, 2014 at 10:24 AM

        Bernie would fit right in.

  2. Joe - May 1, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    Some people think they have to play two today because of bobbleheads? Um, I think they could probably give away the bobbleheads even if they play only one game (the regularly scheduled one).

    • kingmiedus - May 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      I think the issue is that the tickets for the rained out game wouldn’t count for the single game and thus those that bought the tickets in order to get the bobblehead would not get them. Some people do in fact schedule their attendance at games to coincide with giveaways.

  3. gerryb323 - May 1, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    If only all teams played in fabulous tampa-esque domes like Abner Doubleday intended!

    • ptfu - May 1, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      Papi and Gomes and pray for domes.

  4. sdelmonte - May 1, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    The teams shouldn’t have a say. The league should decide.

    And all rainouts should be made up immediately if at all possible. The Mariners visit NYC once this year, and yet there’s not a doubleheader today. That means at some point the Mariners have to go out of their way to come here. That makes no sense.

    Of course, I also think that all doubleheaders should be one ticket and not two. I live in the past, sometimes.

    • Kevin S. - May 1, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      On Sunday June 1st, the Mariners play an afternoon home game against the Tigers. On Monday June 2nd, they play their makeup game against the Yankees. On Tuesday June 3rd, they play a game in Atlanta. So much for off days on trans-continental trips. Incidentally, that was a scheduled off day for the Yankees in the middle of a home stand. It does mean they play on seventeen consecutive days and go thirty-seven days with only two days off, but it’s hard not to see Seattle getting the hose here.

      • sdelmonte - May 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        To be somewhat fair, the odds it will rain today in NYC are good. So a rescheduled rainout that gets rained out after the pitchers loosen up would be bad, too. I hadn’t thought about that.

        But yeah, the Mariners get the short end of the bat, and usually do as the team that has to travel the longest.

  5. chunkala - May 1, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Teams don’t need to play all 162 games unless it becomes necessary in standings later on. Weather happens, just cancel every game from yesterday and check back in late Sept.

    • bmurph - May 1, 2014 at 10:57 AM

      Then the teams would have to refund all the ticket sales from the game and also miss out on concession revenue. I think you have a better chance of seeing God than that happening.

  6. hojo20 - May 1, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    This stinks because I’ll be on the train with all the drunks/rowdies once the afternoon game ends.

    • moogro - May 1, 2014 at 2:19 PM

      The green line beer breath and pit odor can be amazingly strong.

  7. Andee - May 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Are bobblehead days at other ballparks as violent or rambunctious as Yankee Stadium? I went for Hideki Matsui bobblehead day last season and not only did I not get one, I felt confident that if I had, someone would have mugged me for it.

    • TheMorningStar - May 1, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Probably. Half of that cheap plastic trash ends up on ebay real quick (see: Mariano Riveria bobblehead fiasco).

      Them folk more interested in the giveaway than the game…losers.

  8. shanabartels - May 1, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    The good news is that we’re talking about Dustin Pedroia bobbleheads, not Andrew Miller bobbleheads. Presumably the latter would take up a lot more space.

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