I never realized how much this part of the country felt tropical storms and hurricanes. However, these last few that have rolled in have brought their fair share of rain our way (usually a 4-5 days later). Yesterday we had steady rain all day, so much that we were forced to call game three (the first game in Gary) of the Northern League Championship Series.
Well, Mitch and I ended up getting home around 9:30 last night. It was still steadily raining, but nothing heavy, as it had been all day. Around 1 a.m. I was woke up by the rain and thunder. It was no longer a nice little steady rain, but instead a complete downpour. Our parking lot was completely flooded, so about then we knew that the odds of us getting a game in today were slim. Until about 7 a.m. the heavy rain continued.
We didn’t have to be down at the field until noon so the overcast day at least made for some good sleeping weather. That is until Mitch’s phone starting ringing around 10 and we were told that the field was a lake. We hurried down there as quick as we could only to pull up to his shop and see this image.
It was at this point that I knew we were in trouble. It was also at that time that I saw the rain gauge showed 5 inches of rain (the gauge was emptied before we left last night).
Here is a shot of the field about three weeks ago.
And, here is what it currently looks like. Luckily it didn’t flood so badly that it got under the tarps, so the infield is still dry. However, the outfield, warning track, and dugouts are completely saturated and flooded.
As you can see the dugouts are flooded up to field level. This wood box that is floating is usually under the helmet shelf for the guys to store their bats in.
I can’t imagine what was going through Mitch’s head at this point. By the way, this is the beginning of the steps into the dugout.
Perhaps the best (loaded with sarcasm) news is that it started raining again. We’re supposed to have off and on rain all day, and then from this evening through tomorrow are supposed to get an aditional 4-5 inches. As of right now the game is rescheduled for tomorrow, but I will be very surprised if that is at all possible.
Maybe I should run off to Cabela’s and get us a little raft. Who knows, by tomorrow we may need it.