By Kyle Foster
Twitter: @NapaKyle @NapaSportsLive
Last night was a crazy one for the San Francisco Giants, and Los Angeles Dodgers. The game was a normal 7:15 p.m. start time at the corner of Third, and King — until a rare thunderstorm came a few hours till first pitch. It was slated to start 40 minutes late at 7:55 p.m., but that was only the beginning.
Chris Stratton fired in a first pitch to Dodgers left-fielder Curtis Granderson at 7:57 p.m., on Monday night. After a five-pitch at bat that oddly enough lasted five minutes, and was the only pitches the San Francisco starter would throw that evening, the skies opened up. That led to a lengthy 2 hour 52 minute delay. The Giants, and Major League Baseball officials decided to resume the game that had only played one-third of an inning at 10:50 p.m., yes 10:50 p.m. The Giants would win 8-6 in a game where the final out came at 2:11 a.m. Tuesday morning, that’s the latest a game has ever ended since the team moved to the West Coast. So now the question becomes why did they decide to play it?
In September, there’s not as many dates to makeup a game as opposed to a game in April, May, June, and July, even though both teams have an off day this Thursday. Another added factor was the Dodgers will be traveling to the nation’s capital to face the Washington Nationals in a three-game series beginning Friday, in what is a very crucial series for each club.
The Giants have also had their normal weather issues this season when they’ve traveled to the East Coast this season. Speaking of Washington D.C., San Francisco had to play a condensed three-game series in a 24 hour span August 12th, and 13th.
There is good news for the MLB, and avoiding mother nature’s wrath. Next season there will be four additional off days, as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, that was negotiated by the MLB Players Association, and the MLB.
It’s been a long season for the Giants, and last night’s strange weather, with a late resumption of the game is just another representation of the 2017 Giants. Hopefully after an offseason things change at 24 Willie Mays Plaza.