After the Rain …
Monday, April 3, 2006, 12:30 pm
For those of you who could not stay up late enough last night, good news, we won (and Jim Thome absolutely crushed a ball).
Amazingly nice weather at game time (despite the threatening forecast) but evidentually the torrential stuff hit. A couple of fans emailed us this morning angry the game was resumed. Just to clarify, once a game starts, the decisions to stop, restart or postpone are in the hands of the umpires. It was clear on the radar that once the storm went through (which was going to take a couple of hours), we could play again. Dale Scott, the crew chief, made the call to wait out the rain. You always want to get a game in if you can. We are sorry for those who went home, but hopefully the pregame ceremony left you with chills.
Those F-18s were as low as I have ever seen. Your heart skipped a beat.
How cool to see our players watching the big screen videos as they stretched before the game.
A few posters asked about putting that video on this site. I checked on that last week. Unfortunately, it is scripted to popular music. While we own the right to play this music in our ballpark, we do not own internet rights. So sorry.
After having his face swell up grotesquely because of an allergic reaction to something he ate, Jose Contreras is doing much better today and was at the ballpark this morning.
Our World Series championship rings were delivered to the ballpark today. They will be presented to players before the game tomorrow and to employees after the game. I can’t wait.
The Hall of Fame is bringing in the last 10 World Series rings for display tomorrow morning on all the television morning shows. We will see how ours looks next to the last decade worth of rings.
Any former player who can make it — Aaron, Duque, Willie, Vizcaino and Timo — is going to attend. The rest have games.
We did it quietly, but each member of the active World Series roster (and coaches/staff) was presented with a unique, specially designed watch prior to yesterday’s game. Each guy was called into Ozzie’s office, where Jerry, Kenny and Ozzie presented the gift to him.
Jerry told me this morning that several of the guys were really touched.
So what do guys do in the major league clubhouse during a rain delay? Basically, sit around in their underwear or shorts watching television.
Seems quite a few people, including our manager, are looking forward to the debut of Benchwarmers.