Ok, I’m going to break baseball rule #1 and admit that I love summer storms. Let me ammend that statement by including that I sincerely prefer them when we’re on the road, and all of the headaches for a front office staff involved with a storm are not felt by me/the Crawdads.
What brought this about is my current situation. I’m sitting in a very comfortable radio booth in beautiful FirstEnergy Park in Lakewood, NJ, watching the BlueClaws staff sprint out and pull the tarp over the field. When you’re not one of the staff members racing down to pull the tarp, it gives you a moment to reflect on the quiet beauty of a coming storm.
There are few moments I enjoy more than watching a storm blow in. Seeing the dark clouds roll in from the horizon and increase in size and hue with every passing minute. Feeling the wind shift and the temperature drop considerably. Catching the first couple of drops and experiencing that sense of impending inclement weather. I love it all. I love to inhale deeply in this moment and for whatever reason feel a wave of relaxation pass over me… as long as we’re on the road.
Now, I don’t necessarily love what comes with storms in the life of baseball. Lower attendances, rain delays, doubleheaders… storms are baseball’s number one enemy. So, I’m conflicted. Do I love them or hate them? I guess it’s just not that black and white with me (away from L.P. Frans).
There’s just something about watching a storm slowly roll in that I find very peaceful and reflective. The sights, the sounds, the smells and the feelings all have a very unique effect on me, one that is tough to articulate clearly… almost a cleansing affect.
One thing I can articulate quite clearly is that I sincerely hope we get all our stormy weather in when we’re on the road, when I can enjoy it, when L.P. Frans Stadium stays dry.
The rain’s starting to pick up here and there was just a tornado watch voiced on the radio station they had on for BP. As is the case with so many enjoyments in life, I’ve had a good time watching this storm come in, now it’s time to deal with the ramifications. Delay? Postponement and Doubleheader tomorrow? Miraculous on-time start? We’ll have to wait, watch the rain and see.
Andrew Buchbinder is in his first season as director of broadcasting/media relations with the Crawdads. Previously, he served in similar capacities with the Crawdads affiliate in high-A, the Bakersfield Blaze, as well as the Bakersfield Condors in the ECHL.