It was a bizarre scene that unfolded at City of Palms Park just prior to gametime today.
The lineups were announced, the fat lady sang the anthems, an old dude threw out the ceremonial first pitch and the announcer yelled, "Play Ball." Unfortunately, there were no players in either dugout.
Finally Jason Varitek came out sans catcher's equipment, a sure sign the game was not going to start on time. Varitek, the captain, was swarmed by Boston media as he stood down in the dugout. Finally other players trickled out looking not ready for primetime.
In the Jays dugout, an out-of-uniform Vernon Wells eyed the scene curiously, with Mike Lowell finally coming across the field to update the Jays' player rep. Yet there was no firm announcement either way.
Maybe it should be called City of Palms Up and Outstretched Park. Show us da money.
I agree with the players and think baseball has mishandled another delicate affair causing a major P.R. gaffe just one day after the Yankees visited Virginia Tech University to honour the slain students.
The deadline for a game was set at 12:30 p.m. If the game was to be called, the Red Sox were going to come out and sign autographs, likely so the fans would not riot and the players would look good. When the P.A. guy made the announcement, he blamed a dispute between the Red Sox players, the Players Association and Major League Baseball.
No mention of the Red Sox organization. Very inscrutable these Red Sox officials.