Major League Baseball rainouts: What to do when you’re not quite soaked

Coors Field, Denver, Colorado Rockies
A bit of a baseball rant…

In April, I attended my first baseball game of the season at Coors Field. I saw how badly and how often my beloved San Francisco Giants were losing.  So I felt that twinge of apprehension in the depths of my stomach.

But I had to be magnanimous, because I was going with my sister-in-law,  her son and this beautiful lady – her grandmother, who turned 96 that day.  Electa also just happens to be the biggest Rockies fan I know, so I pretty much had to smile through my pain.  The Giants eventually lost, 5-6.

Coors Field, Rockies, Denver, Colorado Rockies, baseball
Me and Electa on her 96th birthday, watching her favorite team (not the Giants)

Now they are barely staying out of the basement, about 11 1/2 games out of first place and behind  the Dodgers (completely expected) and the …Rockies.  Colorado’s fast start is nothing new, but there’s every indication that they may contend well into the summer and not fade and sink as they do by now.

What is unusual is the Giants being so low in the standings.  They need some visible competitive fire here, which I’ll see flashes every now and then. It isn’t enough, and I’m hoping they’ll turn around.

Rant over.  I’ll now tell you about the unfortunate event of going to a MLB game and dealing with the rain, which is what we had to do.  Here are five ways to deal with a such a delay, and you know it won’t be postponed.

But stick around until the end of this post for a link to a fun trivia quiz about Coors Field.  This comes from the good people Splash Play, a Colorado-based organization that helps youth who’ve beaten pediatric cancer go to college.

1.) Bring the right gear

The knock-on-your-head no brainer, I know.  Even if there’s the slightest chance it will rain, bring a good rain coat, pants, waterproof hat and gloves.  At the very least, bring a poncho.  You can bring an umbrella, as I did. Just be sure you’re not blocking the view of the people behind you, if there are any (in our case, there weren’t, so we didn’t).

2.) Stand under an overhang

This is only a good idea if the game is still going on – in other words, the umps haven’t called a rain delay or postponement.  Another thing to consider: make sure that the game doesn’t have a huge crowd.  That’s hardly ever the case when the weather’s unpromising – most people will want to stay home, warm and dry.  Practice courtesy and respect others’ space when you do this…and for goodness sake, don’t stand in the wheelchair areas without permission.

3.) Get a drink…and a nosh

I personally like this one, and it gives me a great excuse to eat and drink, even if I’ve had dinner or lunch already.  I’m cold, wet, tired and grumpy.  Some nachos and a beer will cheer me up quickly.  So if you’re like me, simply head to the nearest bar and grill in the ballpark, like the Mountain Ranch at Coors Field.

4.) Try to get famous

You know those two or three people they’ll show on sports highlights broadcasts?  Soaked to the bone,  they’re brooding in the stands. They’re waiting for the clouds to part and water works to turn off.  That could be you. People will either think you’re a super-fan…or completely ready for the loony bin.

5.) Head home

Trust me, no one will think the worse of you for this one.  And it doesn’t make you a worse baseball fan, either.

And now…here’s the link to the quiz.  Test your knowledge and see how much you know about Coors Field…and help some very deserving kids go to college!

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