Posted at 11:00 AM on June 18, 2007
by Steve Rudolph
As I watch the rain fall on the lake from the cabin window today, I'm imaging what it will be like when the skies open up during a Twins games at the new ballpark. I can’t wait for that day!
The last rain delay I witnessed was earlier this spring at Siebert Field where the Gophers were taking on Northwestern. I would have preferred the game start on time, but it was fun to wait out the storm, listen to all the songs about rain and storms on the PA system, and watch the players burn off nervous energy by entertaining the crowd.
One of the Wildcat players emerged from the visitors’ dugout with his uniform on upside down, a hooded sweatshirt replacing his pants, making it appear as if he was walking on his hands. After his brief and well-choreographed routine that had the crowd rolling, several of the Gopher reserves came bolting out of the bullpen in right field and turned Siebert Field’s infield tarp into a giant Slip ‘n’ Slide. One of them even recreated Rick Dempsey’s infamous rounding of the bases with a sloppy head-first slide into home.
Even though the rain delayed the start of the game was delayed by my nearly two hours, I didn’t care. There’s nothing like that moment at a ballpark when they peel the tarp off the infield and it’s time to play ball!