ST. LOUIS, 9:21 p.m. CT — The news was just given to us here at Busch Stadium: The fourth rainout of the postseason. Those who had tickets to tonight’s game have to wait to use them on Friday night. Those who have "Game 5 tickets" will be able to use those on Thursday for what will now be Game 4 — assuming, of course, that there is a game Thursday night.
Jimmie Lee Solomon of MLB just said that the front "stalled" and "it became apparent that we couldn’t get it started." As for the next two days, he said "they’re gonna be dicey. Tomorow there is a 70 percent chance of rain — it’s going to be light rain. We don’t know whether that rain will linger like it did tonight. We hope it will move straight through." He said Friday’s forecast is bad as well, with a possible soaking. This is going to be an adventure the next couple of days.
Fans have been packed tightly in the concourses and some fans are out under umbrellas here at Busch Stadium as everyone continued waiting for word on whether tonight’s Game 4 would be played. Obviously they did everything humanly possible to give this one a chance to be played, because Thursday night looks really bad as well. Someone just asked if there has ever been a World Series doubleheader. The answer is no, and perhaps not a bad idea (day/night) the way things are looking. This storm is very slow-moving, just hanging over the Arch and us here by the Mississippi River, steady rain that goes back and forth between drizzle and downpour. In the end, it was just hanging around too much tonight. It’s raining now, and that means we’ll try to play Game 4 Thursday night…keep your fingers crossed.
This is all amazing. I have been through all four rainouts this season. The first one was Game 2 at Yankee Stadium between the Yanks and Tigers — a situation similar to what we’ve just seen here tonight. The second was the scheduled opener of the NLCS at Shea Stadium between the Cards and Mets, and the third was here in St. Louis when that NLCS shifted there. I have this raincloud stuck over my head throughout this month. Are you kidding me? And it was a miracle that we snuck a major storm system in between Games 1 and 2 last weekend in Detroit. Mother Nature hates MLB this month.
For more info on the rainout, keep an eye on MLB.com.