17.4.07

Rain: Will It Ever End?

And I don't understand why I sleep all day
And I start to complain that there's no rain
And all I can do is read a book to stay awake
And it rips my life away, but it's a great escape


-Blind Melon - No Rain



Another day, another city, another rain out.

Hell, they didn't even wait for the game to be delayed before postponing this one in Philly. Just one of those days you pull back the curtain, look out the window and mutter, fuck that, I'm not leaving the house today, and then curl back into bed.

Just last week there was an outcry about baseball and weather when snow postponed a few bloody games over in Cleveland.

So what are the jackals going to say about all these postponements due to rain? Is it ok, part of the bloody plan, everything right as rain if games are postponed due to massive rainstorms but god help us all if it bloody well snows at the start of the season?

*****

Do you realise that if the rest of the season is rained out in their current position the Mets would miss out on any hypothetical post-monsoon playoff?

That's right. Currently they are a half game behind the Dodgers for the hypothetical post-monsoon wild card.

In Philly they got as much rain in one day as it usually gets in the entire month of April.

The storm dropped 3.33 inches in Philadelphia by 5 p.m., breaking the April 15 record of 1 inch set in 1906, according to the National Weather Service. Allentown's 2.23 inches broke the 1922 record of 1.36 inches and Trenton's 3.08 inches shattered the 1906 record of 1.3 inches.

Normal rainfall for April in Philadelphia is 3.49 inches.



Small potatoes compared to, oh I dunno, Mumbai, where once a few years ago the commercial capital of India came to a standstill as non-stop rain resulted in the cancellation of suburban train services and massive flooding of roads. The airport was virtually closed, several flights were diverted and water entered the airport lounge. Phone lines stopped working and electricity went off in the suburbs.

"Although the day began with strong winds and little rain, by mid-afternoon there were reports of flooding in the city as it rained non-stop. As several million office-goers and school and college students began their journey home, they found all ways virtually closed. The railway tracks had four to eight inches of water in some places and there was knee-deep water on many roads."


So think about that whilst you're worrying about a few drops of rain postponing a few April games and backloading the schedule with beloved doubleheaders later in the season.

3 comments:

sanchez said...

I think the Phillies phans were praying for rain just so we wouldn't beat them in another series!

Toasty Joe said...

Where's the Bee Girl?

Jaap said...

not where, toasty joe, but what.