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All-Star Sunday: 'April called, it wants its weather back'

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ST. LOUIS — We have seen the future here in St. Louis and it involves rain.

Puddles and puddles of rain.

As I type, we're currently in the third hour of the All-Star Futures Game rain delay at Busch Stadium. MLB seems optimistic that the game will resume soon, though it still looks like a huge front of Midwestern thunderstorms isn't quite done showing off to visitors.

St. Louis fans, though, have already started backing up their Best Fans in Baseball label with a large amount of the crowd sticking around for the game's resumption. Many of the game's future stars have rewarded their patience by donning ponchos and signing autographs by the dugouts.

(No sign, though, of any of the stars — including Billy Bob Thornton and Jenna Fischer — who are scheduled to play in the celebrity softball game later today.)

The forecast for Monday and Tuesday looks clear (though hot). But in case you were wondering, three ASGs have been impacted by rain. The 1952 game was called by rain after five innings, the '61 tie game was called after nine in Boston and the '69 game in Washington was delayed one day after a torrential downpour at RFK.

(Let's hope it doesn't come to that.)

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