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cheeses_h_rice
04-04-2007, 12:38 PM
Anyone know how common it is for the Sox to have games cancelled due to cold weather? I think we're probably about 5-10 degrees too warm right now, but I'm wondering if maybe Friday night's game might qualify...

Fenway
04-04-2007, 12:44 PM
I went to a game at The Cell in early April of 1997 when Clemens was pitching for Toronto and it was something like 33 at gametime ( in the afternoon )

The crowd in the park was under 500 The ANNOUNCED attendance was 746

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04090CHA1997.htm

nug0hs
04-04-2007, 12:44 PM
Theres gotta be something on Baseball Reference
http://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/CHW/

I am in class otherwise id research more for you

dividedsk717
04-04-2007, 12:52 PM
April 17, 2000 vs. Seattle was postponed due to cold.

WhiteSox5187
04-04-2007, 12:57 PM
It's rare, extremely rare. Any cancelled game these days are rare because owners and MLB so desperately want to get them in...But in order to get a game cancelled due to cold I think you're looking at temperatures in the twenties or teens. I remember in the 1997 World Series in Cleveland it was cold and donuts were freezing onto bats, but I doubt they'd ever cancel a World Series game (barring terrorist attack or major natural disaster like the earthquake in '89)...I don't think they'd cancel a game where temperature is in the mid thirties (as it will be Friday I believe).

soxfan13
04-04-2007, 12:58 PM
Only postponed due to cold if the Bulls and Jordan are playing:wink:

cheeses_h_rice
04-04-2007, 01:04 PM
It's rare, extremely rare. Any cancelled game these days are rare because owners and MLB so desperately want to get them in...But in order to get a game cancelled due to cold I think you're looking at temperatures in the twenties or teens. I remember in the 1997 World Series in Cleveland it was cold and donuts were freezing onto bats, but I doubt they'd ever cancel a World Series game (barring terrorist attack or major natural disaster like the earthquake in '89)...I don't think they'd cancel a game where temperature is in the mid thirties (as it will be Friday I believe).

The high on Friday is only going to be 38, the low 25 (http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/wxdetail/60601?dayNum=2), so by gametime it will probably be below freezing.

Nothing like watching Sox baseball in Bears weather...

:rolleyes:

jdm2662
04-04-2007, 01:09 PM
The high on Friday is only going to be 38, the low 25 (http://www.weather.com/outlook/travel/vacationplanner/wxdetail/60601?dayNum=2), so by gametime it will probably be below freezing.

Nothing like watching Sox baseball in Bears weather...

:rolleyes:

Game time temperature was 32 degrees on the second game in 2003. I was at that game, and it was by far the coldest baseball game I ever attended. The wind chill was in the teens. It was a sunny day, though. Looks can be deceiving.

Mr.1Dog
04-04-2007, 01:11 PM
Anyone going to make a sign saying "THIS IS SOX WEATHER"? :redneck

WhiteSox5187
04-04-2007, 01:14 PM
I'm curious to see what the turnout will be like those days. I'm definately going to be at the game on Thursday when the weather will be "nice" (high thirties) and might be at Friday's game but if my girlfriend doesn't want to go, well...I'm forced to make a difficult descion...but we could be looking at a half empty park those days.

cheeses_h_rice
04-04-2007, 01:18 PM
I'm gonna predict actual attendance of about 12-15,000 for today and tomorrow's games, probably low 20s on Friday night.

kevingrt
04-04-2007, 01:20 PM
I went to a game at The Cell in early April of 1997 when Clemens was pitching for Toronto and it was something like 33 at gametime ( in the afternoon )

The crowd in the park was under 500 The ANNOUNCED attendance was 746

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04090CHA1997.htm (http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04090CHA1997.htm)


I totally remember that game. I was in the outfield with about ten other people it seemed.

Fenway
04-04-2007, 01:27 PM
I totally remember that game. I was in the outfield with about ten other people it seemed.

I *think* it was a makeup game from the night before. It was the smallest crowd I have ever seen at a MLB game. I had been in Cleveland in a crowd of 1,200.

jdm2662
04-04-2007, 01:28 PM
I'm gonna predict actual attendance of about 12-15,000 for today and tomorrow's games, probably low 20s on Friday night.


It will be annouced at least 21,000 since there that many season ticket holders, but it wouldn't surprise me if only 12-15k will be in the stadium.

jdm2662
04-04-2007, 01:29 PM
I *think* it was a makeup game from the night before. It was the smallest crowd I have ever seen at a MLB game. I had been in Cleveland in a crowd of 1,200.

Yes, they cancelled the game the previous night and played it that afternoon. The Sox offered $5 tickets to sit anywhere in the park that day. I guess many people didn't want to take advantage of the offer...

doublem23
04-04-2007, 01:29 PM
I'm gonna predict actual attendance of about 12-15,000 for today and tomorrow's games, probably low 20s on Friday night.

It will be annouced at least 21,000 since there that many season ticket holders, but it wouldn't surprise me if only 12-15k will be in the stadium.

You got to get used to the fact we have a reasonable ticket holder base now, cheeses.

:)

cheeses_h_rice
04-04-2007, 01:31 PM
You got to get used to the fact we have a reasonable ticket holder base now, cheeses.

:)

I said "actual" attendance, meaning actual butts in the seats. 12-15K sounds reasonable.

Fenway
04-04-2007, 02:17 PM
I am not looking forward to working tonight in Kansas City as the temp now at 1 PM is 38


2 days ago it was 80 here

GlassSox
04-05-2007, 11:47 PM
We will be there on Friday night. Dressing like going to a Bear's game but wearing Sox gear.

Should be fun no matter what. Curious to see the attendance.

DSpivack
04-06-2007, 12:12 AM
I went to a Cubs (free tickets, had nothing else to do) game a few years ago on Memorial Day, the wind chill was in the 30s. Yes, not quite as cold as early April, but it way too cold for May 31.

Unblyleven Bread
04-06-2007, 12:14 AM
I went to a game at The Cell in early April of 1997 when Clemens was pitching for Toronto and it was something like 33 at gametime ( in the afternoon )

The crowd in the park was under 500 The ANNOUNCED attendance was 746

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04090CHA1997.htm

I remember that game, but wasn't there. Bleak times.

crazyozzie02
04-06-2007, 12:25 AM
i was talking to one of the security guards before the game today and he said that they were talking about maybe cancelling the game for tomorrow night, but he might have been just talking out of his ass

Hendu
04-06-2007, 12:27 AM
I went to a game at The Cell in early April of 1997 when Clemens was pitching for Toronto and it was something like 33 at gametime ( in the afternoon )

The crowd in the park was under 500 The ANNOUNCED attendance was 746

http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/1997/B04090CHA1997.htm

I was there too...Clemens vs Alvarez. Great pitchers duel, but I think we ended up losing.

They had canceled the game the night before, and tix for that game were $5 general admission.

Edit: Crap, they put up 5 runs. For some reason I thought we lost 2-0.

ChiSoxGirl
04-06-2007, 12:31 AM
i was talking to one of the security guards before the game today and he said that they were talking about maybe cancelling the game for tomorrow night, but he might have been just talking out of his ass

I wonder how early they'd make that decision. :?: I like to get to the park early and usually have to leave my house around 4 or 4:30 to do so, and don't want to get the memo when I'm in the car on my way there!

chisoxwschamps05
04-06-2007, 12:44 AM
I have to leave at about 3:30 and I'll be on the train so if they do cancel it then they should make a decision early.

PaleHoseGeorge
04-06-2007, 10:04 AM
The Sox are notorious for playing through damned near anything. This includes rain delays. If you bought a ticket, you better plan on attending because the Sox aren't likely to postpone things.

downstairs
04-06-2007, 10:18 AM
Interesting... Detroit cancelled their game last night because of cold...

PHG is right, though... if the Sox have anything to do with it, they don't like cancelling games, ever. We've all sat through those insane 2, 3, 4 hour delays, haven't we?

1917
04-06-2007, 10:48 AM
Game time temperature was 32 degrees on the second game in 2003. I was at that game, and it was by far the coldest baseball game I ever attended. The wind chill was in the teens. It was a sunny day, though. Looks can be deceiving.

I was at that game, i went at the last minute, my friend needed a wing man,so I maned up...Buherle pitched a gem that game (I think he went on to lose his next 10 or something that year!)...But it was freezing!

Law11
04-06-2007, 11:39 AM
ESPN reporting game tonight is cancelled. ANyone confirm?

hose
04-06-2007, 12:01 PM
The last time I can remember a game called because of cold would be......today.

hose
04-06-2007, 12:02 PM
ESPN reporting game tonight is cancelled. ANyone confirm?

Confirmed:
http://chicago.whitesox.mlb.com/news/press_releases/press_release.jsp?ymd=20070406&content_id=1882446&vkey=pr_cws&fext=.jsp&c_id=cws

mwc44
04-06-2007, 12:03 PM
ESPN reporting game tonight is cancelled. ANyone confirm?
http://www.whitesoxinteractive.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=86032

ewokpelts
04-06-2007, 12:49 PM
The last time I can remember a game called because of cold would be......today.
Three teams this week called games due to the cold.

Johnny Mostil
04-06-2007, 01:29 PM
Going by the vagaries of memory here, but I'm recalling a 1981 Sox game postponed because of cold. I only remember that because I also remember my high school team playing that day. I'm guessing it might have been 4/22. The Sox didn't play that day, but the day before they had a game against the Orioles and the day after they had a DH with them. But I can't find the weather records for that day, so maybe it just rained then.

Hendu
04-06-2007, 01:36 PM
Interesting... Detroit cancelled their game last night because of cold...

PHG is right, though... if the Sox have anything to do with it, they don't like cancelling games, ever. We've all sat through those insane 2, 3, 4 hour delays, haven't we?

Freddy's debut, for example. But opening day last year has to take the cake.

WhiteSox5187
04-06-2007, 01:52 PM
Wow, that's three games this week. Before this I can't remember a single game called because of the cold, in my lifetime at least.

WhiteSoxJunkie
04-06-2007, 03:30 PM
So much for global warming.

The Dude
04-06-2007, 03:35 PM
So much for global warming.

yep :rolleyes:

itsnotrequired
04-06-2007, 03:37 PM
yep :rolleyes:

*celebrates by burning plastic bag full of styrofoam*

:redneck