Tampa Bay Rays are no strangers to snowy days in Kansas City
By Alex Murphy
Tampa Bay Rays fans woke up to quite a peculiar sight before Tuesday’s game. On MLB Network they cut live to a blanket of snow over the field at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.
The Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals were gearing up for the second game in their three-game series when the forecast showed snow, quite a significant amount of it that piled up overnight.
Luckily, with most of the snowfall having already taken place, all that needed to be done was for Royals grounds crew members to clear off the snow from the field so baseball could be played that night.
There weren’t any snow delays or problems during Tuesday’s game.
However, this wasn’t the first time the Tampa Bay Rays have dealt with a white spring in KC.
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We have to go back to May 2, 2013, when the snow became a real factor during the game instead of before the game.
Game-time temperature on that afternoon was 41 degrees, with 31 MPH wind gusts accompanying the blustering weather. Freezing rain began from the first pitch, and rain would turn into snow, slowly building up as the game wore on.
The baseball on the field was nothing to bat an eye at, with the only run scored off an Alex Gordon RBI single in the third inning. The Royals led 1-0 in the fourth when tarps were pulled onto the field, starting what ended up becoming a 2 hour and 20 minute weather delay.
Since the Tampa Bay Rays and Royals aren’t division rivals, the intent was to get the game in as the Tampa Bay Rays would travel once to Kansas City the entire 2013 season.
Unfortunately, the weather conditions failed to improve, forcing the postponement of the game. The Royals’ 1-0 lead was thrown away as the game would be replayed in its entirety at a later date.
That date ended up being August 26, when the Royals traveled to Tropicana Field. It seemed the loss of the 1-0 lead didn’t deter Kansas City much as they went on to pummel the Tampa Bay Rays, 11-1.
However, for those who attended and were involved in that game in May, it was a game that might not have counted in the record books, but a game that they won’t soon forget.