Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Color Me Surprised

Normally, I don't really get into sports stories, but this was a bit surprising. The New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles baseball teams played a game last night that was interrupted with a four hour rain delay, ending a little after 2AM.
In the grand scheme of baseball, this is unusual but not unheard of. In 1986, the New York Mets and Atlanta Braves battled until nearly 5AM, no rain delay...and then the stadium had a Fourth of July fireworks display, which annoyed the neighbors.
What's curious to me is, today the Yankees and Orioles have a scheduled game at 1:05 this afternoon.
I'm shocked the players union hasn't been up in arms about this, considering that day games on Thursday are an outgrowth of a union insistence in the last collective bargaining agreement that any games on Thursday where either team has to travel X miles to their weekend series must start before 4PM, in order to provide appropriate rest to the players and give them at least 24 hours between games.