From Tony Wolfe at FanGraphs on March 31, 2020:
It’s becoming clear that leaving your jacket behind was a mistake.
The sun has been giving this mid-March day a Fourth of July tint all afternoon, and you’ve been waiting all winter to brave the outdoors free from layers. That sun was still out when you got to the ballpark just before 5 pm, and the air felt mild, so you left your jacket in the car. You should have known better. The high school baseball game you’re watching probably wasn’t going to end until 7:30, when the sun was nearly gone — along with whatever lies it promised you about warmth.
Now, that 7:30 final out is beginning to feel wildly optimistic. One of the starting pitchers had trouble throwing strikes in the first inning, needing 33 pitches to get through it, according to your count. The second inning is shaping up to be even worse. The same pitcher hit the first batter, and has walked three more to force home a run.
Read the full article here: https://blogs.fangraphs.com/when-the-game-cannot-go-on/
Originally published: April 2, 2020. Last Updated: April 2, 2020.