Opening Day - Redux
7:01 - Teams introduced, U.S. anthem sung (cringingly poorly) and Reggie Jackson about to throw out the first pitch. Baseball's here. See you after the game.
6:19 - The fourteen-and-a-half-hour long documentary tribute to Babe Ruth being shown on the scoreboard has just ended and ... gasp ... the sun is coming out.
6:02 - Cheers greet the groundscrew as they come out to take off the tarp. This looks good.
5:28 - Tarp's been out for a couple of hours now as a light drizzle falls. Forecast calls for tapering rain in the next hour or so. Consensus here is that they'll wait all night to get this one in, even if it's just five innings.
2:10 p.m. - Just arrived at the press box at Yankee Stadium and the weather is holding off for now. Since the forecast called for 'definite light rain' right now, I'm taking this as a good sign.
It's been unseasonably muggy and drizzly all morning, but now the temps are dropping and it's clear. Should have had an afternoon game after all - we'd be in the fourth inning by now. Check that - it's Halladay pitching. We'd be in the fifth for sure.
We now begin the long watch for weather leading up to 7:08 tonight. The good news is that the forecast is clear for Wednesday and Thursday, so the season should begin in New York at some point. Remember that I said 'should'.