Baseball superstition and the potential of a NLCS Game 3 rain delay
Prior to Game 5 of the NLDS in Cincinnati, Giants broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow were talking about superstitions. Krukow talked about going through the same routines, even taking notice that fans walking to the park appeared to be wearing the same clothes as the previous day.
Now, I’ll admit to sticking to certain rituals when watching the Giants.
In 2010, during Game 4 of the World Series, I put on my Giants garb as part of my Halloween costume … as it was Halloween.
After the Giants won Game 4, I put on the same clothes for Game 5. In fact, I also sat in the same chair. And as I was folding clothes to burn nervous energy during Game 4, for Game 5 I held the same pillow case that I held through the later stretches of Game 4.
For Game 1 of the 2012 NLCS, I watched the game from work … because I’m lucky enough to have a job that allows me to watch a baseball game while working.
I listened on the MLB audio feed from KNBR on my computer while I watched the action on the TV … despite the fact that the TV feed was about eight seconds delayed from the audio play-by-play. Why? Because that’s what I did in 2010.
In 2012, it didn’t work as well, as the Giants lost to the Reds.
So, for Game 2, I moved my workspace so I can just watch the TBS on TV. That didn’t work either.
Then I asked for the Giants to win Game 3, because I was going to off from work for Games 3 and 4, and I wanted to be able to watch two more games from home.
The Giants won Game 3, and Game 4. Game 5 was played in the morning on the West Coast, meaning I could watch it from home before going to work. And the Giants won again.
So I started thinking that there might be a correlation: Lose when I watch from work, win when I watch at home.
With Sunday another work day, I actually thought about going into work early, getting some things done, then going home to watch the game. (My job allows me that flexibility, too).
But I thought “Naaah. That’s silly.” So I went to work, and watched the game from there. And the Giants lost.
On Monday, I was off from work. So I watched the game from home, albeit on a two-hour delay on the DVR because of another evening commitment. And the Giants won.
So, that fact made me look at my work schedule and the remainder of the NLCS. On Wednesday, Game 3 is slated for a 1:07 p.m. PDT start (3:07 p.m. CDT). Perfect. I work Wednesday, but wouldn’t need to go into work until after the game.
But there’s one problem. Rain is in the forecast Wednesday in St. Louis.
The forecast for game time Wednesday calls for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms. It climbs to 80 percent by 4 p.m. CDT and 5 p.m. CDT. Then it drops to 70 percent at 6 p.m. and 50 percent by 7 p.m.
The forecast for 9 p.m. CDT (7 p.m. PDT) is 20 percent chance of rain and partly cloudy.
So the chances of the game being completely scrubbed on Wednesday seems unlikely, unless the rainfall is so heavy or lengthy that it leads to wet grounds.
But if the game doesn’t start until 6 p.m. or 7 p.m. PDT, well then I’m stuck at work.
Maybe I won’t watch.