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VHS via Leitch: Phillie broadcast commenting on impending rain delay

Leitch:

This clip explains Midwestern weather to East Coasters better than anything I’ve ever seen.

Best fans thunderstorms in baseball.

Stormy JE Posted: May 21, 2018 at 08:21 AM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: announcers, broadcasts, cardinals, phillies, rain delay

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   1. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 21, 2018 at 10:46 AM (#5676370)
They (the crew) owned it after the skies opened. Obviously it was pretty shitty timing from the Phils perspective. This clip always makes me think of the 'new guy' at our fishing camp every year who doesn't think he needs to bring is rain suit on the boat, because it is clear skies at breakfast.
   2. McCoy Posted: May 21, 2018 at 10:54 AM (#5676379)
I didn't watch the inning or the game but if you knew it was going to be close like that you'd think the ump would have moved everyone along. He does have that ability. It was a close game and a runner on first though so it wasn't like the Phillies could just throw meat down the middle and try for an easy flyball.
   3. SoSH U at work Posted: May 21, 2018 at 11:25 AM (#5676422)
I didn't watch the inning or the game but if you knew it was going to be close like that you'd think the ump would have moved everyone along. He does have that ability. It was a close game and a runner on first though so it wasn't like the Phillies could just throw meat down the middle and try for an easy flyball.


I imagine it's because the object isn't to get five innings in, but to play nine. They were able to come back out and finish the game. Delaying getting the tarp on the field might have prevented that.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 21, 2018 at 11:33 AM (#5676425)
I despise shortened games. Every game should go at least 9.
   5. perros Posted: May 21, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5676485)
game. Delaying getting the tarp on the field might have prevented that.

As I pointed out in the chatter, they play entire games in the rain. Plus these new fields are designed to drain quickly. If the field had gotten a little wet, maybe it costs 5-10 minutes afterwards, at most.

These decisions seem rather arbitrary, though much depends on the context of whether they can expect to restart, or if re-scheduling will be a problem in itself.

We won't talk about games called before weather events that never materialize.
   6. perros Posted: May 21, 2018 at 12:49 PM (#5676487)
Kruk is kinda boring, but I have to admit he's funny in a low-key way.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: May 21, 2018 at 01:01 PM (#5676493)
Plus these new fields are designed to drain quickly. If the field had gotten a little wet, maybe it costs 5-10 minutes afterwards, at most.


The Cubs had to call a game with the Giants (which the Giants successfully protested) just a few years ago because they didn't get the tarp on in time and the field was unplayable. Obviously, Wrigley's not a new field, but I would think that if too much rain falls on the infield dirt, you can have problems restarting the contest. Given the level of rain that fell as quickly as it did, this seems like it could have been one of them.

In either case, the object isn't to get an official game in - that's the Phillies' goal. It's hard to find fault with the call here.

   8. perros Posted: May 21, 2018 at 01:09 PM (#5676502)
Point conceded.
   9. perros Posted: May 21, 2018 at 01:25 PM (#5676523)
I just got caught in a shower.
   10. Leroy Kincaid Posted: May 21, 2018 at 06:35 PM (#5676809)
I just got caught in a shower.


Like Janet Leigh?
   11. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 21, 2018 at 11:52 PM (#5677067)
Oh good lord, they even have the best thunderstorms in baseball in the midwest? I've experienced dozens of squalls like that as a provincial northeasterner... more often than I did in the midwest. The only thing Minnesota had more of than the east coast was bone chilling cold.
   12. Rusty Priske Posted: May 22, 2018 at 10:23 AM (#5677160)
I despise shortened games. Every game should go at least 9.


Co-signed. I don't care if you have played 8 and there is a 10 run lead... you should finish the game.
   13. SoSH U at work Posted: May 22, 2018 at 10:27 AM (#5677166)
I've experienced dozens of squalls like that as a provincial northeasterner... more often than I did in the midwest. The only thing Minnesota had more of than the east coast was bone chilling cold.


WeatherReference.com doesn't support that contention. While Midwestern states such as Missouri and Minnesota don't have the most thunderstorms (that distinction goes to Florida), they average significantly more than the Northeast.
   14. Panik on the streets of London (Trout! Trout!) Posted: May 22, 2018 at 10:32 AM (#5677172)
Thunderstorms were the most shocking difference in the weather/climate for me when I moved from NJ to IL/IA. They are no joke out here. And tornadoes? Fuhgeddaboutit.
   15. Nasty Nate Posted: May 22, 2018 at 10:49 AM (#5677187)
Speaking of weather, it's uncanny and obnoxious how the rain where I live has timed itself perfectly over the last few weeks to only happen when I have a softball game scheduled.
   16. perros Posted: May 22, 2018 at 11:42 AM (#5677230)
Midwestern weather is different in its sudden extremity. People used to freeze to death in the fields before they could take shelter.

Plus the sky is so ####### huge west of the Mississippi.
   17. Hysterical & Useless Posted: May 22, 2018 at 12:36 PM (#5677277)
We have thunderstorms in the east, and occasionally they can be quite impressive. But in the midwest, it's pretty common to have storms where the rain is so heavy that only random idiots don't pull off the road and wait a few minutes for it to slack off. Been in storms where you quite literally* could not see beyond the hood of your car.

And if any of you count yourselves among the random idiots who don't play it safe, well, I apologize for the insult. I don't retract it, but I do apologize.


*as opposed to "metaphorically literally"
   18. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 22, 2018 at 02:36 PM (#5677397)
Watch out for the derecho, that's the worst.
   19. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 22, 2018 at 02:37 PM (#5677399)
I apologize for the insult. I don't retract it, but I do apologize.
You apologize that they were offended.
   20. Tulo's Fishy Mullet (mrams) Posted: May 22, 2018 at 03:53 PM (#5677480)
The aura of the Midwest as T storm central imo is all about the volatility. 90 to 60 in a very short amount of time. 45 one day, 85 the next. Snowfall and tornadoes within a day or two. I find the intense rain and hail are much more pronounced in the lower Midwest and great plains than I have in the upper Midwest/north. Signed, resident and frequent visitor of several Midwest states. Seeing a tornado remains the most awesome, scary sight one will ever see or hear. They are memories you never forget.
   21. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 22, 2018 at 04:23 PM (#5677511)
Kruk is kinda boring, but I have to admit he's funny boring in a low-key way.

FTFY

YMMV, I guess. I'm not much on a dumb, lazy, slovenly hillbilly schtick.
   22. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: May 22, 2018 at 04:27 PM (#5677516)
Compared to PA, the t-storms in KS were quite impressive. I loved looking to the west to see the storm line approach across the sky. One time, it was raining at my west facing front door, then I ran through the house and caught the sun for a second before the storm hit the back deck. And just about every rain event had thunder and lightning, unlike the east, where often (like pretty much the last f#$%#$ week) it will rain without a clap of thunder.
   23. Lassus Posted: May 22, 2018 at 04:40 PM (#5677527)
But in the midwest, it's pretty common to have storms where the rain is so heavy that only random idiots don't pull off the road and wait a few minutes for it to slack off. Been in storms where you quite literally* could not see beyond the hood of your car.

The corridor from the Great Lakes to Albany does also get these blinding rainstorms during the portion of the year when it's not going to snow instead. Like, maybe five months. Anyhow, I'm not sure of the frequency comparatively, but it certainly happens.

It's notable that the Great Lakes make the weather noticeably worse up in this area than 2.5 hours south in PA.
   24. perros Posted: May 22, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5677550)

YMMV, I guess. I'm not much on a dumb, lazy, slovenly hillbilly schtick.


Baseball players are mostly of this ilk. And definitely not smart enough for schtick. Genuine, you could say.
   25. cardsfanboy Posted: May 22, 2018 at 06:43 PM (#5677621)
The aura of the Midwest as T storm central imo is all about the volatility. 90 to 60 in a very short amount of time. 45 one day, 85 the next. Snowfall and tornadoes within a day or two. I find the intense rain and hail are much more pronounced in the lower Midwest and great plains than I have in the upper Midwest/north. Signed, resident and frequent visitor of several Midwest states. Seeing a tornado remains the most awesome, scary sight one will ever see or hear. They are memories you never forget.


The thing about the midwest is the extremes, it's not the coldest , I would much more prefer St Louis winters to Minnesota or Boston or Buffalo, but it does get cold; it's not the hottest, it's better than Arizona or Texas, but again it frequently does get uncomfortably hot; It's not the stormiest, as mentioned Florida has that crown, but it's up there, it's not the tornadoist, as Oklahoma is worse(although that also is midwest, but I think of it as more south midwest than midwest---ymmv) , but it's the issue of the extremes that makes midwest weather somewhat annoying. Some people love it, but I want to live in St Louis as a place, but have San Diego weather. (and don't forget the floods in the midwest)

Of course almost everyone thinks their area is the worst(that is why your parents, and probably some of you, walked to school in two foot of snow, up hill both ways) and I don't think the midwest is the worst, it's just a bit more extreme/schizophrenic than many other areas of the country.
   26. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: May 22, 2018 at 06:48 PM (#5677625)
I don't think the midwest is the worst, it's just a bit more extreme/schizophrenic than many other areas of the country.

For weather schizophrenia, there can't be much that tops thundersnow/thundersleet in Dallas.

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