MLB Baseball: Why Rain Delays Are the Most Terrible Occurences in Sports

Tim DanielContributor IIIMay 3, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12:  Fans sit in the stands during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles  on April 12, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  The game was postponed due to rain.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It's 5 p.m. and you're leaving work, you have tickets to the baseball game that night at 7 p.m. and you're anxiously watching the clock.

You look forward to the trip to the stadium where you can see all the familiar faces in the stands, root on your local heroes or just plain go to spend time with family.  As time goes on, you get more and more excited, just to have Mother Nature sweep this excitement from right under your feet.

Yes, folks, this is in reference to the rain delay.  A torturous disaster that all baseball fans cringe when they hear about.  A rain delay is something fans fear when they feel the rain dropping on them in a very clutch two-out, two-strike at bat.

Maybe this is bitterness, but when a rain delay comes to your email from your favorite sports franchise saying that this game has sure enough been postponed, you then are devastated.

Now, if you go the ballpark as much as I do, you become aware of when a game has "delay" or "postponed" written all over it and honestly, it's immensely frustrating to experience. I have, at times, been a trooper and sat through these delays and am sad to say, yes, at times I have left during delays.

Let's not even forget that a rain delay can even mess up your team's strategy for that day, I'm looking at you St. Louis Cardinals organization for your actions in the April 22 game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Sadly, there is nothing that can be done about this awful disaster.  That really is what makes it hurt even more.