The White Sox canceled tonight's game against the Minnesota Twins at about 1:30 this afternoon. Premature decision?
I think not. Still, some fans on Internet message boards were complaining. Especially those who live downstate. They claimed it was "sunny" in their neck of the woods, and that clear skies would be in Chicago by the 7:11 start time.
It's about 6:30 here on the East Side of Aurora, and it's raining like hell. I don't think they could have gotten tonight's game in if they had tried. The Sox made the right decision calling it early. Why waste thousands of people's time by having them get to the ballpark, only to sit in the rain and be sent home with no baseball?
Last year, the Sox butchered a similar decision. They were scheduled to play a Saturday night game against Tampa Bay. The weather was iffy all day. I arrived at the Cell around 5:45 for a 6:05 start. It was drizzling, but not raining too hard.
At about 6:03, they called the game and sent everybody home. What!!!!??????
Turns out they thought more storms were on the way, and they called game as a precaution. That's fine, but couldn't they have made that decision at 3 o'clock and spared all us fans a trip downtown?
The way the Sox handled Thursday's situation was the right way to do it. Make a call on it early. Hey, the weather sucks. To hell with trying to play baseball in these conditions. Let's try to play this game again in June.