Updated May 24
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Forget the on-field fun -- above all else, last week was notable for the whining. We whined about the interleague scheduling (the Athletics get six games against the Giants, while the Rangers get six against the Astros; any number of other teams, from the Yankees to the Brewers, have similar and legitimate beefs). We whined about the umpiring (Gerry Davis squeezed Cliff Lee so tight last Monday, some parents in the stands covered their kids' eyes). We whined about the All-Star ticket pricing (apparently one can't buy a ticket for the game or the Home Run Derby without buying a ticket to the FanFest, at which attendees are invited to pose for cell-phone photos next to life-size cardboard replicas of Ryan Langerhans and Daniel Descalso).
Above all, we whined about the weather. Yes, the rain cancellations -- 30 so far -- could be the Big Fella/Big Gal Upstairs' way of saying, "If you won't schedule doubleheaders on your own, I'll do it for you." But more likely it's another failure of the baseball imagination.
We have replay technology we don't use and QuesTec data we routinely ignore. So it's no leap of faith to assume that teams pay attention to the Doppler Radar only when it tells them what they want to know -- like last week, when a Mets/Marlins game at Citi Field was postponed either on behalf of a storm that never materialized or on account of injuries to half the Mets roster.
Rainouts suck. Rain delays suck almost as badly. We have Internet access in our bars and bathtubs, but nobody can devise a functional floating retractable dome for baseball stadiums? Pretty weak, America. Pretty weak.