Rain forced Saturday’s game between the Cubs and Brewers to be postponed. Only, it wasn’t raining at or after the scheduled first pitch.
The Brewers certainly realized that fact, which is why they believe the Cubs may have had an ulterior motive for the postponement.
Clearly, the Cubs were looking at a weather forecast that made them think it was going to rain, Brewers general manager David Stearns said, via JSonline.com. Our weather forecast did not indicate that. I think there were five or seven other forecasts that also did not indicate that. Ultimately, it’s the Cubs’ call.
We were a little surprised the game was called as early as it was. I’m sure they had their reasons to do it. Obviously, it didn’t rain. So, from our standpoint, we would have preferred to play yesterday. I talked with some guys with the Cubs. They knew how we felt. That’s one of the earliest games I’ve ever been involved with that was called. That surprised me a little bit.
That statement wasn’t entirely true. It did deluge in Chicago for a couple hours leading up to the game, and the radar for the rest of the day was less than promising.
Of course, weather can change at the drop of the hat. The constant thunderstorms that were at one time supposed to flash through Chicago all day Saturday missed.
Still, the Brewers aren’t convinced.
I’m not privy to their forecasting methods or what service they use, Stearns said of the Cubs. All I know is what they told us at the time they canceled the game. They certainly knew we preferred to play. We’re of the opinion if there are playable conditions, we’d like to play. It was out of our hands yesterday.