Cubs, Indians might have to battle rain for Game 2
The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians are hoping to beat the rain forecast for Wednesday and get in Game 2 of the World Series.
It was overcast and dry at noontime following the Indians’ 6-0 victory in the opener, but wet weather was forecast for the evening.
Major League Baseball moved up the start of the game by an hour to 7:08 p.m., when Accuweather forecast a 48-degree temperature, a little rain and winds of 10-20 mph. Accuweather said that if rain tracks to the north, there will be a spot shower or two during the game, but if rain remains over the area, it could be steady and cause delays.
Meteorologist Ryan Adamson says in a statement: “Game 2 of the World Series looks rather dry to start, but possibly wet to finish, depending on how long the game goes.”
Even if one team has a big late-inning lead, there could be a daylong wait to finish the game.
While regular-season games can be shortened because of a bad weather as long as the losing team has completed at least five innings, a rules change approved in 2009 mandates that all postseason games and regular-season tiebreakers must be played to conclusion at the ballpark where they began.
Thursday is a scheduled off day before the Series is set to resume at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, which last hosted the Series in 1945
Indians fan gives up plane seat so Lofton makes World Series
A longtime Cleveland Indians fan says he didn’t think twice about giving up his plane seat to make sure former outfielder Kenny Lofton arrived in time to throw out the ceremonial first pitch as this year’s World Series began.
Ken Kostal, of Marblehead, says he was waiting to board a delayed flight from Los Angeles to Cleveland early Tuesday when he recognized Lofton, the speedy outfielder Kostal had watched as a season ticket holder in the 1990s. When he overheard Lofton saying he wasn’t sure he’d get a seat on the plane, Kostal offered his seat, and a gate agent made the ticket swap.
He also snapped a selfie with Lofton, who did get to Cleveland and throw the first pitch before his old team beat the Chicago Cubs 6-0.
Highest Game 1 rating since 2009
The Indians’ 6-0 win against the Cubs in Game 1 drew a 12.6 overnight rating, which is the highest since 2009, according to Sportstvratings.com.
In 2009, the Phillies and Yankees drew a 13.8 rating, according to sportstvratings.com.