SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Rain and baseball don't mix

Published: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 10:43 AM.

I would have called the game long before the seventh inning, but I'm not paid to make that decision. Crestview center fielder Matt Gillis told me he couldn't see home plate when scoring.

If Matt couldn't see the plate to score, I can only ask how the umpire could see it to call balls and strikes.

Rain and nasty field conditions also forced the teams to use an extraordinary amount of baseballs. In an average game, teams might go through 15 or 20 baseballs supplied by the home team. I would guess at least 60 or 70 baseballs, maybe more, were needed Thursday night.

I've covered games where the rain came and the teams were pulled from the field until the storm blew over. I've covered other games that Mother Nature won and the game was postponed.

It's been 20 years since I covered a district baseball tournament in Loudon, Tenn. during a torrential downpour. Once the teams were pulled from the field, the water was so high, ducks came out of a stream next to the park and started swimming around the bases.

Once the storm passed, about an hour later, the host team applied a drying solvent to the infield. The outfield was wet with standing water in places, but the remainder of the game was played in such a fashion that fans knew they were watching baseball.

There were humorous moments during and after the game. Anyone who has been a teenage boy, or had a son, knows boys will be boys.

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