There isn’t a batter in the boxes; aren’t bases on the diamond or fans in the stands as Coca-Cola field sits empty.
“We got off to a rough start due to the weather,” said Mike Buczkowski, the Buffalo Bisons General Manager. “Usually when we open at home, in early April, we have issues. This year, we opened on the road. We’re not here til mid-April and unfortunately, it hasn’t passed.”
The GM says this is one of the worst starts he can remember. The Bisons have played two of their seven slated games during this opening homestand.
“Sometimes we’re alone in this but weather but this time it is everywhere. There are going to be a lot of doubleheaders.”
And that causes a strain on the roster.
“You’re playing at least 14 innings in a day on a double. From a baseball, purely baseball perspective, you don’t want that.”
Buczkowski says making the call to cancel games is not only for player safety but fan’s too – the cooler temps are causing the concourse to be slick.
The field isn’t ready, either.
“There’s not ust going to be melting but it has to drain too. This field has taken in a lot of water and it has had the tarp on it for days.”
When that tarp does come off though, the GM and coaches are making sure the players are ready to play ball.
“It’s like a false start.”
They’re hopeful the weather will turn around by the time the team heads back home April 27, a day they’re dubbing Opening Day 2.0.
The Bisons allow fans to exchange any tickets to canceled or postponed games. For more information, visit their website here.