The Cleveland Indians home opener was postponed Monday due to inclement weather and cold temperatures, bringing back memories of Opening Day 2007.
The Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox will try again Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled at 1:10 p.m.
Monday’s scheduled opener was postponed due to inclement weather, which was probably the correct decision. I was quite disappointed, but Nick Camino of WTAM reminded me of the scheduled off day in the series just in case Cleveland weather chose not to cooperate.
Speaking of that Opening Day against the Seattle Mariners in 2007, how crazy was that? The two teams played almost five innings in a literal blizzard.
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I attended the game, but it officially never happened. The game was called with two outs in the top of the fifth inning with the Tribe leading 4-0, but many forget the specifics of the situation.
Indians’ starter Paul Byrd was one strike away from a five inning no-hitter, until “The Human Rain Delay” Mike Hargrove complained his hitters could not see the ball. Crew chief Rick Reed then decided to call the game.
First pitch was scheduled at 4:05, the decision to postpone the contest came 4 hours and 36 minutes later. I’ve been to a lot of baseball games, but this was by far the most unforgettable.
Members of the Cleveland Indians grounds crew were the true heroes that day, doing everything within their power to ready the field for play, but to no avail.
From a near no-hitter, to 173 total minutes of stoppage time, and one drunken Clevelander making snow angels in the outfield, it was a day I will never forget.