White Sox postpone Monday's game

April 5, 2009 8:35:03 PM PDT
Messy weather means no major league baseball in Chicago Monday.The White Sox have postponed their season opener against the Kansas City royals until Tuesday.

The last time the White Sox canceled their home opener was back in 1982, when they had to cancel the first five games because it was snowed out. Hopefully, that won't be the case this week.

However, if the weather continues Monday they way it was Sunday night, many fans speaking with ABC7 Chicago said they would agree the White Sox made a good call.

One family of Sox fans said they didn't mind waiting, since this is not exactly baseball weather.

"This is crazy. Of course, Arizona was much better. I think they should stay there for a little longer," said fan Kelly Morell.

The 2009 baseball season officially opened Sunday night in Philadelphia. Some White Sox fans caught the game on ESPN Sunday night while enjoying buffalo wings and other snacks at a new Bridgeport restaurant that was all set for its first opener Monday.

"I think it's going to be a big inconvenience for everybody, but it'll still be the same Tuesday. People will still come out," said Kevin Ponkey of Buffalo Rings and Wings.

Some fans ABC7 found Sunday night had planned to go to the game Monday.

"I wouldn't want to be sitting out there. So, I ain't going to complain," said Chris Vanaria.

"I called my boss. I'm going to take off Tuesday instead," said Sox fan Tony Invergo.

Another establishment, Catchers Inn, had big plans for opening day Monday, but workers there were relieved the Sox canceled the game far in advance so everything could be easily rescheduled for Tuesday.

One Sox fan there was a bit surprised the Sox actually canceled the game. He just hopes the forecast is correct.

"I remember walking down the street on 35th Street in the second inning, and there is a driving rainstorm, and they were still playing baseball. I'm a little shocked that they canceled it this early. I just feel by noon tomorrow all the moisture will be melted, and everybody will be looking around at the sun going, 'Why aren't they playing baseball?'" Catchers Inn's Mike Jeffers.

A little bit of sunshine Monday afternoon certainly would be a welcome surprise, but the game is now scheduled for Tuesday at 1:05 p.m. Tuesday was already an off day, so there won't be a double-header.

For any fans who had tickets for Monday and can't attend the game Tuesday, the White Sox say you can exchange your ticket for a similar ticket or lesser value for a game later in the week or for the series at the end of April.


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