The cold weather and rain was too much to overcome for the Texas Rangers as they lost, ironically, to another warm climate ball club Wednesday afternoon.
The Rangers lost to the Tampa Bay Rays 2-0 thanks to hits from designated hitter Evan Longoria and right fielder Ben Zobrist. However, the score is not what had people talking throughout the day in Texas. Instead, it was the temperature at first pitch.
The game started at a frigid 39 degrees, a temperature most Texans are not used to seeing during the Major League Baseball season. If anyone was wondering, yes, that is the coldest start for any day game in Rangers Ballpark history. In fact, it was only one degree warmer than the coldest game ever played by the Rangers in Arlington. That occurred during a night game against the Boston Red Sox in April of 2007.
Many questioned if the contest would ever get underway after a rain delay that lasted one hour and 29 minutes. Several games in the Midwest had already been postponed due to the intense rain that flooded yards, streets and basements in numerous states. However, Texas decided the field was fit enough to allow the game against Tampa Bay to be played.
There is no question the cold weather affected the Rangers, who were only able to muster five hits in the contest. The fact that the players did not look ready to play hours before first pitch was certainly not a good sign.
“It’s too cold to play baseball,” Elvis Andrus told Rangers.com.
The good news is temperatures are supposed to warm up drastically over the weekend. Unfortunately, the Rangers will be playing against the Seattle Mariners in the Northwest where it is supposed to be in the low 50s.