Small miracle in the Bronx: Blue sky
Shortly before 4 p.m., the grounds crew at Yankee Stadium removed the tarp and dragged it out to left field, dumping a small lake of accumulated water in short centre and short left fields. (The outfield is alleged to drain very well and within 10 minutes, indeed all surface water had disappeared.)
The workers spread substantial amounts of drying agent around the dirt portion of the infield and have a team working hard at the area around home plate, spreading bags of this compound that absorbs water.
Yankee manager Joe Girardi just said, at his pre-game press conference, that “I understand weather is not going to be an issue today.’’
Less than an hour ago, when it was dark and miserable, it said here, “it requires a great leap of faith, after a night of strong rain and an entire miserable day of dreary, nonstop drizzle with occasional pockets of serious shower, to believe the weather forecast that calls for the precipitation to magically disappear by the 7:57 p.m. first pitch. But who knows, eh? Maybe they’re right.’’
So far, with three hours and change to the scheduled first pitch, they might well be correct. It might be a small miracle, considering the way things looked only an hour ago.