UPDATE 1:54 p.m.: The Rangers now say they’ll try to start the game at a minimum of 2:45 p.m. barring any additional rain. Good luck on that…see the M’s new transportation arrangements below.
By the way this caller sums up my feelings quite well. She’s also a classic case of the need to supplement your daily newspaper and TV experiences with this blog. Just a tip for next time.
1:29 p.m.: The rain has slowed to just the odd spit, but nobody knows how long that will last. Radar reports all around are not great. But they’ve taken the tarp off the infield and are furiously working the dirt areas in hopes they can try to get at least five innings in. (1:34 p.m. UPDATE And now, just a few minutes later, the rain has started again and they’ve rushed to cover up the mound and are abadonning their shovels and rakes. No joke. They’re sprinting for the big tarp now. What a joke the Rangers are turning this weekend into. The only interesting thing is that Rangers team president Nolan Ryan is down on the field in a pow-wow with Mariners officials and the umpiring crew. And now, Doug Fister just came over to say hello to Ryan. Franklin Gutierrez as well, who is getting a ball signed from the Ryan Express. )
Spoke earlier to Mariners player rep Brandon Morrow and he told me he’s been in touch with the players’ association and that MLB has gotten involved as well. The Mariners players have almost unanimously come up to Morrow to tell him they do not want to stay and play tomorrow and the message has been conveyed to the union, which in turn has passed that on to MLB. No doubt, MLB is advising Rangers officials as we go forward. The Rangers get to say whether we play, but this is getting ridiculous.
September 13, 2009 at 1:29 PM