Choosing a makeup date for Saturday’s inevitable rainout became something of a soap opera here in Baltimore. The Yankees didn’t want to lose their September 8 off day, and they seemed prepared to fight the decision, but the two sides came to an agreement after the Orioles agreed to make it an afternoon game, leaving the Yankees an evening flight to the West Coast.
“That’s it,” Curtis Granderson said. “Unless it rains again.”
Essentially, Granderson said, the Yankees explored every option and decided there was no better alternative out there.
“After speaking to the union,” Granderson said, “with the process of how it was all going to go down, the understanding after speaking to them between games was, considering there were common off days left, it had to be scheduled on at least one of those games. The option of scheduling at the end of the season, which was our third and very slim chance, was out of the question because we did share common off days.
“So, with that being understood, the best option remaining at that point was the 8th that had been announced. Then it was a matter of getting the time changed. That’s where the Orioles, I think, stepped up and said, ‘We’re going to make this a day game.’ With all that being said, they worked with us on that, and we’re appreciative that given all the opportunities, it’s the best-case scenario for both teams, and we’ve got to play it.”