Rain, rain, go away

April 29, 2022
by Andrew Meuleners

I am sort of at the end of my rope, so to speak, with this extended horrible weather we have been having for what seems like an eternity. It is the type of weather that gets you in a bad mood and keeps you there.

This frustrating weather pattern has also interfered with one of my favorite things in the spring: watching baseball — particularly my son’s baseball games. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you how many of the games have been canceled, and oh wait, “postponed” and will be “rescheduled,” which I am pretty sure is just wishful thinking on behalf of the coaches and the athletic directors.

Trying to reschedule all these games for several teams must be exhausting at this point during a season like this. I am sure it has been a real bear over the last couple of years in general, and then when you have a year where the weather is this awful, you get hit with a double whammy of woe.

This weather also affects the type and schedule of practices you can have as a team. Of course, staying inside instead of getting out on the field to practice causes issues. A gym floor is not a substitute for the changing landscape of a baseball field. A grounder in the gym will not react the same as one that is hit on the infield.

The inability to scrimmage teams against each other also has drawbacks. You don’t get to play as a cohesive team, and players don’t get to see actual pitching. A batting cage and pitching machine is a poor substitute for having someone pitch to you. Even if you have a coach pitching to you, it is not like seeing an actual pitcher where you can get the timing down and can see different types of pitches.

I have a lot of sympathy for the players and coaches in cases like this. You always expect some bad weather at the beginning of the baseball season, but this is getting to the point of ridiculousness.

Which leads me to my other son and his sport soccer. Last year I know there was at least one game where snowflakes were flying in the air as we sat in our camp chairs, freezing our biscuits off. So my point is that I am thoroughly looking forward to this weekend’s game.

Speaking of this weekend, prom is this weekend as well. The weather doesn’t affect boys as much as their dates. Even if you have longer hair and it gets messed up from the wind or rain, it isn’t like your date where she paid $100 bucks or more to get it done for the day, and yes, you have a tux on, but the coat can be taken off, that dress that she just paid a boatload for may not look great wet. Then there is their makeup. According to the forecast, this weekend could be rough for the girls.

I’ll leave you with the lyrics from one of my favorite bands Creedence Clearwater Revival:

Long as I remember, the rain been comin’ down

Clouds of mystery pourin’ confusion on the ground

Good men through the ages tryin’ to find the sun

And I wonder, still I wonder, who’ll stop the rain?

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