Maybe I'm just crabby about the lousy refereeing that cost the St. Louis Blues at least one very important point Tuesday night.
But the more I think about it, the more steamed I am with the Chicago Cubs who faked a rain out Tuesday night to avoid playing the St. Louis Cardinals.
It's classless move by a classless organization, no matter how you slice it -- although I'm still not sure if the motivation was to postpone the game until Kris Bryant arrives in the big leagues or if it was to give the Wee Bears (no pun intended) more time to address the bathroom disaster their disorganized and controversial renovation work caused on opening night. Maybe it was both.
Officially, the Cubs postponed the game because they claimed the forecast called for foul weather. But a check with the National Weather Service reveals that it rained .04 inches yesterday in the Windy City. And none of the precipitation fell during the time the game was supposed to be played.
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The Cubs tried to spin the situation to say that they were concerned about the cold more than the wet. But the temperature never dropped below the low 40s. Are temperatures in the 40s a surprise for Chicago in the month of April? If so, don't count on the game being played Wednesday afternoon when the high is supposed to be 46. I thought Chicago people were supposed to be immune to bad weather. This doesn't do much to bolster their image as the City of Broad Shoulders. It kind of makes their fans seem pretty delicate.
What baseball fan hasn't suffered through a cold April night at the ballpark? The endless expanses of concrete at Busch Stadium II seemed to soak in the cold during the early spring. It's part of the deal and the tickets were already sold. Fans knew what they were likely getting themselves into.
If the bathrooms are the motivation for the delay, it's completely unacceptable and the Cubs ought to be penalized.
I'm not sure who could have thought it was acceptable to have only a handful of available bathrooms available for 40,000 people who are drinking beer in mass quantities. That seems like a pretty basic thing any designer worth his salt ought to be thinking about ahead of time. But maybe, if the Cubs are so afraid of typical Chicago weather they should have been thinking less about rebuilding the bleachers and putting up video boards and more about building a domed stadium with plumbing from the current century.
Major League Baseball ought to step in and tell the Cubs that they can only use players who were on the roster on April 7 for the make-up game. Or, better yet, that if Bryant is on the roster when the game is made up that his free agency clock will start retroactively on the date that the game was supposed to be played.
I'm sure the league won't do anything. But that doesn't mean what the Cubs did was right. The people who are hurt the most are the fans. Especially the ones who traveled up to from St. Louis for the game. And it doesn't do much for the game to cancel the second contest of the year after the ridiculous scheduled day off following the opener.
I haven't gone to Wrigley Field in several years. But, somehow, I feel like I am one of the people standing in the mile-long line to the bathroom while I wait to finally see some baseball.