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Chicago rain puts Detroit Tigers' season opener in jeopardy

Tigers' first game of the season is in jeopardy

A security guard stands on the field during a first-inning rain delay as the Chicago White Sox welcome the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular field in Chicago on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.
A security guard stands on the field during a first-inning rain delay as the Chicago White Sox welcome the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular field in Chicago on Tuesday, April 29, 2014.


DETROIT – Opening Day here in Detroit isn’t until this Friday, but the Tigers’ season opener is today in Chicago. And whether or not that game will be played is a real question mark. 

Scattered showers have been in the Chicago area this morning, but computer models are suggesting that a more substantial coverage of showers will develop as the afternoon progresses. 

Even if they’re able to get this game in (and, given that it’s the White Sox’ home opener, so they’ll give it every chance), highs near 50 degrees means that it’ll be a damp, cool game. 

Trust me…there’s a big difference between rain and 50 degrees, versus rain and 75 degrees.  And just to make matters worse, it’ll be a close call as to if they’ll be able to get in Wednesday’s and Thursday’s games in Chicago, too. 

That’s the problem with April baseball here in the northeast.  I wish MLB would schedule us northeastern teams (Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Boston, New York) to open our seasons down south where the weather is typically better, and then come north for our openers. 

This won’t guarantee good opening day weather for us, but the odds certainly get a little better.  Go Tigers!
 


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