ALCS Game 4 postponed by rain
By MORRIS DALLA COSTA, QMI Agency
|Grounds crew cover the pitcher's mound during a rain delay prior to the scheduled start of Game 4 of the MLB ALCS baseball playoff series between the New York Yankees and the Detroit Tigers in Detroit, Michigan, October 17, 2012. Game 4 was later postponed until Thursday because of the continued threat of inclement weather. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)
DETROIT - Game 4 of the American League Championship Series was called an hour after it was supposed to start Wednesday.
About 15 minutes after the postponement was announced, most of the players were dressed and out the door and those who were still in the clubhouses were in a hurry to get out.
The Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees will play Game 4 of their best-of-seven series Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT. The Tigers lead the series 3-0.
While only a few drops of rain actually fell before the game was postponed severe weather was predicted for the area. Major League Baseball did not believe it could get nine innings in without interruption.
Friday was supposed to be a travel day, but if a fifth game is necessary it will be played then with a time yet to be determined.
Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who was supposed to take on Yankees ace CC Sabathia, appeared frustrated by the delay.
“They said it was going to rain and the rain never came. Go figure,” Scherzer said. “It’s not frustrating. It’s rain. There isn’t much else to say.”
Scherzer said he was ready to go whenever they were ready to start the game.
“I was ready to go until one in the morning,” he said. “But I’m fine. I’ll be ready to go.”
With the rain not having arrived yet, many of the fans where left wondering what was going on.
“It’s not up to us,” said Tigers catcher Alex Avila. “I can understand the fans’ frustration. It’s the same as ours. We want to play. We’re sitting in here bored out of our minds. We’re here all day. That’s just the way it is.
“There are a lot of things in this game you can’t control so you can’t let them bother you. I don’t think weather is a distraction. It’s weather. Some days it rains, some days it doesn’t. It’s the playoffs so it’s a little more important but it’s not a distraction.”