Snow has been the big story over the first few weeks of baseball. It’s the inherent risk of starting baseball in late March and early April, because spring doesn’t always have a chance to take hold. On Monday, the 12th day of the Major League Baseball season, snow was again the story as Chicago woke up to two inches on the ground and freezing temperatures.
While the Chicago Cubs decided to postpone their opening game at Wrigley Field until Tuesday, the Chicago White Sox bravely plunged ahead and held their game against the Tampa Bay Rays. And with temperatures in the mid-30s and a windchill that made it feel like 29 degrees, you might not be surprised to find out that not a lot of people were in the stands at Guaranteed Rate Field to see the game.
— Megan Mawicke (@MeganMawicke) April 9, 2018
— Evan Sutton (@EvanWSutton) April 9, 2018
That’s … not a lot of people. That’s a “we had a game today but forgot to tell anyone” sized crowd. In fact, the weather caused the White Sox to move the start time for this game from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. several days ago, so that’s almost what happened here. The White Sox announced the official attendance at the game, and everyone can probably agree that wasn’t the real number.
Paid attendance announced by #WhiteSox, which obviously includes the no-shows, is 10,377. Best guess by Chicago scribes, about 400-500 in stands.
— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) April 9, 2018
But people actually came out to the stadium, which is amazing. And with the game at Wrigley postponed until Tuesday, a small group of Cubs fans decided to travel south to see the White Sox. Can’t let a good game go to waste!
— Brian Sandalow (@BrianSandalow) April 9, 2018
Anyone, regardless of fandom, who sat through any part of a game played in frigid, snow-adjacent temperatures should be applauded. Or possibly committed. (It’s a toss-up.) And it can’t be much fun to play baseball in those temperatures, either. But the players (and the grounds crew and the scoreboard operator) all found ways to have fun with the snow before the game.
— Jason Benetti (@jasonbenetti) April 9, 2018
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) April 9, 2018
Watching baseball players have snowball fights is a lot of fun, but everyone is ready for the temperatures to go up a few degrees so baseball can be played — and watched — more comfortably. Or at the very least can there be no more snow? Is that too much to ask?
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