While I was at the Major League Baseball Australian Academy in 2008, on the first day it was raining so we all thought we would get the day off. That wasn't the case as Dave Nilsson made us all go to the field, and practise in the rain. We all wondered why he would make us go out into the wet on the first day, but he had a very good reason behind it. He told us that in professional baseball, we aren't only playing for ourselves, we are playing for the people in the stands who paid good money to come watch a baseball game. Of course there comes a point when the game can't be played because of heavy rain, but with light showers the game will always continue.
A very famous rain delay came during the 2008 World Series. The Phillies were up by 1 run in the top of the 6th inning and the Rays had the tying run on 2nd base. The rain was coming down extremely hard, but because the Phillies were up by 1 run, and if the game got called the Phillies would of won and become the World Series Champions since the game was past 5 innings, which makes it an official game. The commisioner of Major League Baseball didn't want the World Series to be completed early because of rain, so they waited as long as they could, until the Rays scored the tying run with 2 outs in the top of the 6th. This means the game would be suspended and have to be continued at a later date. Two days later the Phillies completed the game and became World Series Champions.
BJ Upton stealing 2nd base in the 6th inning during game 5 of the 2008 World Series
Tomorrow night I will be starting against the Kingsport Mets, so hopefully its not raining, since I don't have much experience at all pitching in the rain, and if it is raining, it's going to be one very interesting night to say the least. So wish me luck everyone!