So, the weather this spring thus far has gotten to the point where it is bordering on depressing.
Now that’s not saying that there haven’t been rainy and cold springs in the past or anything like that. It’s just the continuing onslaught of rain and cold weather that really irks me.
Just to give you an idea of exactly what I mean, while watching the Cubs home game on Friday afternoon against the San Francisco Giants, the sun actually came out and the fans at Wrigley Field gave it a standing ovation.
It even prompted Cubs announcer Len Kasper to ask, “What is that large bright orb in the sky?”
The guest appearance by the sun didn’t last long, however and the Cubs ended up beating the World Champs with a ninth inning comeback.
Around here, the weather has been a real downer for the area high school teams. Even soccer was cancelled on Thursday in Yorkville. The one bright spot — pun intended — was the way the Morris baseball field once again came through for the Redskins.
On Wednesday, I went over to MCHS to get the pictures of Bubba Henry and Jake Capko for the article to the left when I encountered the Redskins working on getting the tarp off. I asked Morris coach Todd Kein on Thursday to take us through the whole process of getting Thursday’s home game in against Yorkville.
“Yesterday (Wednesday) we took the tarp off and for two reasons. One, it had taken on a lot of water and we knew there was more rain coming. So, we had to get the existing water off. No. 2 We knew we had some problem areas in the tarp with holes here and there. Holes that we’ve tried to patch, but they don’t always hold up.,” Kein said. “That’s why we wanted to see if there were any problem areas out there and there were. Then it was a matter of asking ‘do we leave it off and take the risk of it getting hit, or do we tarp it back up and take our chances?’ We decided to cover it back up and take our chances.”
It’s really amazing that the Morris field responds to rain the way it does. Even when it rains all morning and into the afternoon on a day in which a game is played.
“Fortunately, some of my staff was able to get out here earlier in the day (Thursday), about mid-day when it had stopped raining and they got to work on some of those problem areas,” Kein said. “During the game, the outfield had some issues with water, but any time you take on that much water is such a short period of time, you’re going to have that.”
It was sort of a must-play situation for the Redskins since they were facing Yorkville and had lost to the Foxes on Monday and Tuesday when the Northern Illinois Big 12 East season commenced. Morris lost 4-1 on Monday and 2-1 on Tuesday before turning to it’s ace — Bubba — on Thursday.
It’s another way in which the gloomy weather has snarled things up. Because of all the early cancellations, teams like Morris are playing as much as it can while the conditions are dry. That means when the conference season rolled around, Kein didn’t have the luxury of having his rotation set for Yorkville.
Morris was able to salvage the final game of the series 12-2 behind Henry.
“We knew Bubba was going to throw a strong game,” Kein said after Thursday’s game. “It wasn’t a week were we went No. 1, No. 2, No. 3 necessarily. Last week we had four games in a row, plus a Saturday game. It’s just the way things shook out this week.”