An early April snowstorm rolled into Chicago Sunday night and caused the postponement of today's Opening Day game at U.S. Cellular Field between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.
The two teams will begin the season tomorrow, hopefully under less snowy conditions.
Obviously, as Sox fans, we are all disappointed that we have to wait another day for our season to begin. Spring training has taken forever this year. We all had April 6 circled on our calendars. Now, the day has finally arrived, and we're left with no game.
However, I disagree with people who argue that all the teams in the Northern cities should have to start the season on the road. There just isn't getting around the bad weather in April. Inevitably, there will be bad-weather days at this time of year, and inevitably, some of those bad-weather days will fall on days where the Sox have home games. We just have to deal with it.
I've seen beautiful days in the first week in April, such as the home opener in 2005 -- 65 degrees and sunny. I've seen miserable days in mid- and late-April as well. Some of the worst weather I've ever experienced at the ballpark was Easter Sunday in 2006. That was in mid-April. It was 40 degrees or so, and it poured buckets starting in the fifth inning. Umpires allowed the game to get through five innings to make it official, and then called it.
But here's my point: The weather can be just as bad on April 15 or April 20 as it is on April 6. There's no point in making the Sox and other Midwest teams start on the road because you think the weather's going to be any better next week. You just never know. The weather here is part of the game. We don't have a dome, and we don't want one.
Unless you want the Sox to start the season with a 30-game road trip, there's always going to be a chance that you get this type of bad weather on Opening Day. It sucks, but that's how it goes.