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Game 3 in Denver: Game on, ear muffs required

Posted on: October 11, 2009 9:09 pm
Edited on: October 11, 2009 9:12 pm

DENVER -- It's 35 degrees here roughly 80 minutes before first pitch, the Rockies are finished taking batting practice, the Phillies are hitting now ... and no snowmen have been sighted.

What we're going to get here tonight is the coldest Division Series game in history. Current record holder: Game 2 of the 1999 AL Division Series, when it was 48 degrees at game time in New York for the Rangers and Yankees.

Tonight, that record will be shattered.

Still, it's a heck of a sight better than it was on Saturday night, when it was in the 20s with the wind howling.

"We couldn't have played in that wind," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said.

Had they, it would have been ugly.

There is no wind tonight. The flags at Coors Field are hanging, not flapping.

As for the effects, Tracy says he thinks the most difficult thing during Game 3 tonight will be for fielders to get a grip on -- and a feel for -- the ball.

Philadelphia skipper Charlie Manuel thinks the most difficult thing will be for the pitchers to get the feel of the ball on their breaking pitches.

Incidentally, the coldest game-time temperature in history for a Rockies game came in 1997, when it was 28 degrees for a Rockies-Expos game on April 12.

Oh, and one more thing: Aside from that Rangers-Yankees game that is about to get toppled from the record book, the only other two Division Series games to start in temperatures less than 50 degrees were Game 1 of that Yankees-Rangers game in '99, when it was 49 degrees at first pitch, and Game 1 of the '99 ALDS in '99 in Cleveland, when it was 49 degrees at first pitch between the Indians and Red Sox.

Likes: We've seen some wretched umpiring already this fall, and it should be far better than this, but if you can take a breath and stop screaming and hollering for a minute, this piece from the Newark Star-Ledger on umpire Phil Cuzzi is very well done and gives a glimpse into that agony a guy goes through after he blows a call.

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