October 5th, 2008

Hey, it's raining in Chicago

As I had mentioned before, I’m helping out on MLB.com’s coverage of the Rays-White Sox series. As many of you no doubt know, the series turns to Chicago, where the Tigers had rain delays or postponements almost every day they were here this season. No exaggeration, it rained more days than not over the Tigers’ four trips here — the last trip, of course, for the makeup game following back-to-back rainouts in mid-September.

My spirits were bright on Saturday, when I came to the park for the off-day workout with sunny weather on a beautiful fall day in the Windy City. The forecast was iffy for today, but there was optimism that it would stay dry. The sun was out this morning, after all. They were even able to get in batting practice for the White Sox this afternoon. Some sprinkles started falling around the time the White Sox were wrapping up, but maybe it was a passing shower.

Sure enough, I’m in the press box looking down at a field covered by that familiar red tarp while a steady rain comes out. It’s like one of those deja-vu moments, like you know you’ve lived this before.