11:02 A.M. - Sitting in the Press Box at Rebel Park waiting to see if the tarp will be removed today. Taking advantage of the rain delay by visiting with a special group of folks here at Rebel Park. Your typical rain delay group and there is a radar screen in the mix...
Bryant University (Smithfield, R.I.) skipper Jamie Pinzino (4TH season) and long time James Madison University Head Coach Spanky McFarland are sharing baseball stories with Kevin Warner, Katie Getz, Mike Ritchie and myself. This is a treat for me to get to talk baseball with McFarland, having been a long time fan/supporter of his program.
The radar does not look promising but that doesn't keep New Market GM Bruce Alger from thinking positive thoughts... Always smilin' Bruce Alger!
11:30 A. M. - The temp is setting at a balmy 43 and the radar is full of green. The Bulldogs have a nine hour bus ride back up I-95 after the game so time is of the essence. The original format called for one nine inning game and one seven inning contest but only time will tell. McFarland is in his 12TH season at the helm of the Dukes program and something tells me this isn't his first rain delay. Pretty neat to get a behind the scenes look at the two Skippers trying to devise a plan of attack in making the day work for both schools.
The kids for Bryant are on their final day of their Spring Break trip and are due back in class tomorrow morning. They have had a productive week in the state of Virginia by taking 2 of 3 from Richmond as well as single game wins over both Radford and Virginia Tech. Next group of folks taking a look at the radar with 5:00 P.M. exit time for the Bulldogs.
Plenty of discussion going now with the Umpires and reps from both schools...
12:12 P.M. - The tarp is off and there is hope...