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April 7, 2007 at 7:05 PM

Winter wonderland

I’d love to tell you the weather has gotten better in Cleveland, but frankly, it’s now even worse than last night. There is so much snow on the ground it feels like the middle of January. And wow, is it ever cold. A real, damp, bone-chilling cold. It’s now 7 p.m. (PDT) and I can tell you that no one from the Mariners knows whether they will be able to get any games in tomorrow.
To answer some questions, yes, it is possible they could re-schedule an Indians “home” game in Seattle, but that would only happen if all other scheduling possibilities were exhausted. With five months and three weeks of season still to play, the chances of that are extremely remote. But it is possible.
With the starters, tomorrow was the day Felix Hernandez was supposed to throw anyway, so the team is pleased that he’ll pitch the second game. I think they are more worried about how Jeff Weaver will react to the cold — since there were questions about how he was pitching even in warm Phoenix weather — so they want him doing that early game.
If both of tomorrow’s games get cancelled, I’d be surprised if they didn’t come back with Felix on Sunday. But that’s only me. I’m sure the team is making this up as it goes along and never really expected to be in this position in the first place. We’ll know more tomorrow. Al Gore pitching? Heck, even a professional like Horacio Ramirez (and Paul Byrd in the final inning) couldn’t get the ball over the plate when he wanted to. Why have Gore try it, even in ceremonial fashion? Cruel and unusual right there. Unless he gives a talk about global warming as well. Given what we’ve seen here this weekend, that might be in order. I don’t care if it’s Cleveland, this is not normal.

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