And I Wonder, Still I Wonder…


A starting note…this is Take-2  of this entry.  The lovely Internet Explorer closed as I finished writing the first one.  Hooray for that.

Now for the good stuff – We begin with some YouTube primer.  If you are not from New Jersey, are more in favor of the original song, or are from New Jersey and dislike the greatest man to ever grace the great state, then click here.

So now for some breaking news…IT’S RAINING IN FLORIDA!

This is probably not news to those of you that live in Florida, but for those of you from out of town, well, it’s raining.  That might explain why Bradenton has not thrown an official pitch since Saturday.  It was a 1-1 toss from Fort Myers closer Dakota Watts to Austin McClune to finish off a double-header split. 

Sunday’s game at Fort Myers was suspended and then cancelled along with Monday’s game due to rain.  Tuesday’s game was pushed to Wednesday because of rain.  One of Wednesday’s games was pushed to Thursday because of rain.  The other will be made up in St. Lucie next week…because of rain.  This is all going under the assumption that it stops raining anytime in the next 58 hours (arbitrary number).

Here’s the good news…as I write this…there is a 50 percent chance of thundershowers tomorrow night.  Thunderstorms could continue through Tuesday.

Here’s the fun news.  Palm Beach has done nothing but lose and get rained out during this rainy stretch…so Bradenton went from being 2.5 out to just one game out without ever throwing a pitch.  What a world!

Anyway – my mind got churning about some rainout statistics, so I took to the interwebs and found some cool nuggets.  I’ve also put in a call to the good folks at the Elias Sports Bureau, so we’ll see what kind of update I can come up with tomorrow.

In the meantime, here we go…

Major League Baseball went until April 23rd without a rainout this year.  That was the longest run since May 20, 1985.  Technically the game this year wasn’t a rainout either.  Snow and cold cut down a Rockies Marlins game in Denver.  Hilariously, USA Today wrote a story that day about how there had not yet been a rainout.

The Twins were rained out for the first time in 30 years back in May.  Playing in a Dome until this year may have helped in that area.

The Grapefruit League cancelled all its games on March 11th this year.  It was the first time there was a total wipeout since 2005

The Marauders have had 16 games delayed or postponed this season.  Fifteen of those have come after June 6th.

Five FSL games have been completely cancelled in the last four days – that includes two Marauders games.

The Tuesday attendance for the entire league was 1,102 – only two games were played and certainly impacted by the rain.

FINALLY…the best nugget so far….

After three straight rainouts in 1926, Connie Mack got a court injunction to allow his team to play on a Sunday – and he got a 3-2 win.  Lefty Grove got the decision in….drumroll….a rain soaked game.  It was the first Sunday game in Philadelphia history.  A city law outlawing the practice was taken off the books in 1934.

Till next time…Happy rain dancing!




About Joel Godett
Joel Godett is in his secod year broadcasting Bradenton Marauders baseball. His career has carried him from Syracuse to Buffalo, Roanoke, Cape Cod, Tampa and Bradenton. He is originally from New Jersey and somehow grew up an Atlanta Braves fan.

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