A baseball game postponed by a tropical storm usually results in a groan of disappointment, or a lip-smack of frustration, or, simply, a head shake and an 'aw, man.' Rarely, though, does finding out that a baseball game was postponed by a tropical storm result in a sigh of relief.
However, given the tumultuous status of Major League Baseball, I gave a sigh of relief when I found out why the two teams' Tuesday night game had been postponed.
The Yankees' Twitter account announced that the Tuesday, August 4 contest had been postponed due to a forecast of severe inclement weather caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. Instead, the game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday in Philadelphia.
A tropical storm. And not a coronavirus outbreak. Phew.
The first game will start at 4:05 p.m. ET and will, following the new doubleheader rules of MLB, take place over seven innings. The Yankees will act as the home team for this game. The second game, in which the Phillies will be considered the home team, will start around 35 minutes after the first one ends.
The two tri-state area teams were supposed to square off earlier this season before an outbreak within the Marlins organization forced the Marlins and Phillies to put off several games, while the Yankees rearranged their schedule to play the Orioles. The Yankees defeated the Orioles in a two-game sweep.
While the Phils' season is getting back underway on Monday night, the Marlins will pick back up on Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals, the newest victim of a coronavirus outbreak, will not resume their season until MLB gives them the go-ahead.