Many Cubs fans that made the road trip to New York City to see the Cubs play in Yankee Stadium were probably glad not to be in snowy Chicago. But, they didn’t get a chance to escape bad weather in New York. However, unlike at Wrigley Field, fans who had tickets for tonight’s Cubs vs. Yankees game were alerted late this morning that the game had been postponed. This game will be made up tomorrow as an afternoon game because of inclement weather in New York today. Unfortunately, the weather isn’t really conducive to sight-seeing, but hopefully fans had a chance to take in some of the museums.
Not only was the game postponed, but so was a ceremony honoring both Jackie Robinson and Nelson Mandela. The unveiling of a plaque honoring the memory of Mandela was timed to coincide with Major League Baseball’s tribute to Jackie Robinson today. Because the game was postponed, the unveiling ceremony will be held before tomorrow night’s regularly scheduled game.
Today’s rained out game will be held tomorrow at 12:05 p.m. Chicago time. If you’re holding a ticket for tonight’s game, you’ll be able to use it for the afternoon game only. You still need a separate ticket for the regularly scheduled night game tomorrow night. According to the Yankees’ website, tickets for tomorrow night’s game will not be honored for the afternoon game.
When play resumes tomorrow, the Cubs will get their first look at Masahiro Tanaka, the highly coveted pitcher from Japan. They also will be reunited with former teammate Alfonso Soriano who was traded last year to the Yankees for a right-handed pitcher named Corey Black. Ever hear of him? He was the Yankees’ fourth round draft choice in the 2012 player draft.
But back to the weather in New York. Cubs bloggers have pointed out the fact that the Yankees moved to postpone the game early, before fans started out to the park. It’s a concept the Cubs could learn from. Yes, one time last year they let fans know a game was postponed, but it was three hours before game time. There were already fans at Wrigley when the announcement was made. And what would have happened if the game had been here today? It’s hard to say. Based on history, the Cubs would have tried to get the game in, but they would have had to get snow out of the bleachers, stands and off the field. And even if they were here and had played, it’s a safe bet that very few fans would have actually ventured out for a baseball game today with temperatures in the low 30’s. New York got it right. Let’s hope Cubs management is taking notes.