I was awakened this morning to a phone call from a family member raving – and complaining – about the incredible accumulation of snow, and it reminded me of another time when something similar happened.
On the morning of April 7, 2003, the phone rang and it was the Yankees. PR assistant Ben Tuliebitz (who is now the Yankees excellent traveling secretary) was on the line to let me know that the game that day – Opening Day! – had already been canceled. Too much snow.
The next day, when the game against the Twins was finally played, there were literally snowdrifts in the dugouts and the game was played in freezing temperatures. Those fans who did show up – and I’m sure plenty of them are on this board – didn’t get to see full-on player introductions (that was canceled) but they did see a pretty dramatic game, with Hideki Matsui making a great play in the field (!!) and hitting a grand slam in his Yankees debut.
In an odd coincidence, that game was against the Twins and when Matsui makes his Angels debut in April it will also be against the Twins. I’m going to go out on a limb and say he won’t be snowed out again (the game is in Anaheim).
For those of us still in the Northeast, whiteouts like this one are a good opportunity to look at the calendar and count how many days are left until spring training. As you finish your shoveling today, just remember that baseball isn’t so far away. Only 60 days to go until the first workout, 105 until Opening Day at Fenway. Hopefully the snow is long gone by then.