After a rain delay of four hours and three minutes, the Yankees and Orioles finally began play right around 11 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.
It would be one thing if it the rain had stopped, but it hasn’t. In fact, it’s still pouring pretty consistently.
Yankee Stadium looks a lot like the crowd you’d normally see at Sun Life Stadium, but the Yankees were desperate to get this one in. The alternatives included either rescheduling the game as part of a split-doubleheader on Wednesday or perhaps moving the game to a mutual off-day on September 15. Of course, September 15 is the last off-day the Yankees have this season, so they wanted to avoid that at all costs. They would also be en route from Seattle to Toronto, so it would probably be unrealistic. The only other option would be to play the game after the season, if necessary.
Given the drama in Baltimore leading up to Hurricane Irene, many may say the Yankees are doing this to get back at the Orioles. The ironic part is that this Thursday would have been an open day on the calendar had the two teams played a doubleheader on the Friday in advance of the storm. Instead, they’ll be playing the disputed makeup game from August 27. Oh well.
Back during the 2015 playoffs the sorts of New York media types who love to find reasons to criticize players for petty reasons decided to criticize Yoenis Cespedes for playing golf the day of a playoff game. The Mets won the series with the Cubs during which the controversy, such as it was, occurred and it was soon dropped.
It was picked back up again in 2016 when Cespedes, while on the disabled list with a strained quad, was seen playing golf. Despite the fact that everyone involved said that golf did not contribute to his injury and that golf would have no impact on his injured quad, it was deemed “a bad look” by a columnist looking to get some mileage out of bashing Cespedes for having a hobby that probably half of all ballplayers share. They did it when he showed off his fancy cars too, by the way, even though just about every ballplayer has a fancy car or three. When you’re a superstar in New York — especially when you’re one with whom the media is not particularly close for various reasons — you’re going to catch hell for seemingly nothing.
Now there’s a new twist to the Cespedes golf saga. Yoenis himself says that his poor start — he’s hitting .195/.258/.354 and leads the league in strikeouts — is due to . . . not enough golf! From the New York Times:
He gave a possible reason for the poor start this weekend: not playing enough golf, a hobby beloved by many baseball players. And, yes, he is serious.
“In previous seasons, one of the things I did when I wasn’t going well was to play golf,” he said after a game on Friday in which he struck out four times but still drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th inning. “This year, I’m not playing golf.”
The story says Cespedes quit golf last summer because he worried that it was contributing to hamstring problems. He’s thinking about going back to it soon, as he thinks it’ll help his swing. Given that he’ll catch hell either way, he may as well do what he wants.