Delay of baseball games was unnecessary

Recently, I along with other family members drove to the I Cubs field in Des Moines to watch a quarterfinals baseball game in the state tournament. Instead of watching a baseball game with a start time of 1:30 p.m., I got to sit in the stands for 6 1/2 hours enduring what appeared an inept organization running the tournament.

They delayed the start of the 11 a.m. game because it “ might rain.” While there was a little rain there was never enough to warrant the game to not start on time.

After the game was played, there was another decision(s) to impose more delays for the scheduled 1:30 p.m. game again because it “might rain.” One of those delays was for 1 hour and 45 minutes and there was not one drop of rain during that time. While there was some occasional rain at other times, there was never an accumulation great enough to warrant the inaction by those in charge.

As one fan put it, “I have seen delays because of rain but never because it might rain.” I spoke with several fans from other schools who thought the delays were nuts and I saw many fans leave because who knew when the games would start if ever that day.

There were a lot of young fans from our metro area who drove down to Des Moines to root on their team, but I am sure their parents did not think most of theme would be driving home well after midnight.

Harry Brown

Marion

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