Paschal: The roof will set you free, sort of

From John Paschal at The Hardball Times on January 28, 2020:

“There’s a rain cloud coming.”

So said Mitch Moreland’s teammates, in apocalyptic tones, following the first baseman’s grand slam during a 2012 game in Arlington. A year earlier, Moreland had watched his first career grand slam go down the gutter when rain arrived at Rangers Ballpark to wash away the game and its stats, and now his pals were forecasting another granny-deleting downpour. Weathermen, his teammates were not.

Wisenheimers, they were.

Rain-free, Texas secured a 12-3 defeat of Baltimore on the strength of Moreland’s first official grand slam. Beginning on March 31, when the Rangers set feet on Globe Life Field for their 2020 home opener, it won’t much matter if a rain cloud is coming. For the first time in their 48-year history, the Rangers will play their home games beneath a (retractable) roof. What that means for the Rangers is no more rain and its frustrating fallout: the delays, the postponements, the sloppy conditions.

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Originally published: January 30, 2020. Last Updated: January 30, 2020.