According to an announcement from the Cincinnati Reds, tomorrow’s scheduled season opener with the Washington Nationals has been postponed due to the threat of some “... impending inclement weather.”
With the threat of rain in Cincinnati, the Reds made the decision to push Opening Day back 24 hours until 4:10 PM on Friday.
The weather forecast for Ohio was not pretty, so it’s not too much of a surprise, but the early announcement is a little surprising, though probably the right choice.
Just don’t look at the weather forecast for Friday...
The Nationals were prepared for the possibility of Opening Day being postponed, or at least the possibility they would have to play in inclement weather.
“I’ve pitched five years in Detroit, Opening Days, and that’s 30 degrees,” Nationals’ Opening Day starter Max Scherzer told reporters yesterday.
“I’ve pitched in much colder than this. If we’re in the 50s, I’ll be happy.”
Well, it is supposed to be in the 50s on Friday, so there’s that.
We’ll all have to just watch the rest of the major league teams start their respective seasons tomorrow and wait until Friday afternoon to watch the Nationals’ 2018 campaign get going.
Poor Dave Martinez. He’ll have to wait an extra day to make his major league debut as a big league manager.
Martinez told reporters on Tuesday that he can’t wait to get started.
“I’m just excited about standing out for the anthem and getting it started,” Martinez said.
“The boys are ready, I’m ready, and we’re excited about Thursday.”
I think it’s safe to say they’ll be excited about Friday too, but after all the months of waiting, it is a little disappointing that there won’t be Nats baseball that counts tomorrow...
So... what are you going to be doing at 4:05 PM tomorrow afternoon now that you know you won’t be watching the Nationals start the defense of their NL East crown?