It’s pouring right now at 5. Joe Girardi said that the rain is supposed to lighten after 7, but that he just doesn’t know if they’ll get this game in. He said the choices for a makeup include a day/night doubleheader tomorrow or a single game Sept. 29, the day after the regular season ends. The night side of a day/nighter wouldn’t be optimal for either side since they have a 1 p.m. makeup Thursday in Baltimore thanks to Hurricane Irene.
But Girardi is well armed for whatever happens. More reinforcements have arrived from Triple-A. The clubhouse is a full house. Ramiro Pena was activated from the DL after his rehab assignment, plus outfielder Greg Golson and righties Hector Noesi, George Kontos and Andrew Brackman were called up.
“I think those guys are being rewarded,” Girardi said. “We can look at what we have in the minor leagues. … Those extra arms never hurt.”
The 6-foot-10 Brackman, the 2007 first-round pick and former basketball player at N.C. State, struggled to throw strikes at times and admitted that he thought about getting another job after a particularly humiliating game in Durham. But then he talked to his father on the phone.
“He yelled at me and told me to get on the bus,” Brackman said.
Now Brackman has no plans on quitting. After a nine-walk game against Buffalo, he made mechanical changes and moved to the bullpen. He said he pitched better the last month and a half, regaining his confidence.
Update, 6:14: Still pouring. Also, Lance Pendleton has been designated for assignment.
Update, 6:52: Still pouring. We won’t be starting on time. You look at it and wonder how we will be starting at all tonight.
Update, 7:08: We’re officially in a delay.
Update, 7:50: Still waiting. By the way, according to weather.com, there’s a window between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. where there’s just a 15-20 percent chance of rain. Seriously. Then it goes back up to 100 percent. There’s a varying chance of rain throughout the day and night tomorrow.
Update, 8:42: Still waiting. The rain has lightened up some, but it’s still falling.
Update, 9:03: Rain seems to be picking up again.
Update, 9:34: Got to hand it to the handful of hardy souls – the ones not getting paid to be here – who are hanging in through this endless delay. I can see the rain being blown sideways by the wind across the upper deck.
Update, 9:53: Umps must really be down on day/night doubleheaders. Still raining.
Update, 10:03: From weather.com: the window is getting dicey. It’s now a 15 percent chance of rain at 11, but then it goes up to 55 percent at midnight and then down to 25 percent at 1 a.m. Then it’s 90 percent at 2 a.m. Maybe waiting wasn’t such a good idea.
Update, 10:25: The fans here are clamoring for the tarp to come off. Just drizzling.
Update, 10:29: The grounds crew is out to take off the tarp. We may play. How long until the next rain delay? It hasn’t totally stopped.