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Storm Postpones Four Home Openers

April 7, 2003

Instead of peanuts and Cracker Jacks, opening day brought snow for fans of the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees.

Four home openers were wiped out Monday by a springtime storm, which snowed out games in three cities and rained out the first game of the year in Pittsburgh.

The Yankees and Indians called off their games Sunday, before the first snowflake had fallen. The forecast in both cities was for several inches of snow.

The Cubs waited until Monday morning after the snow fell in Illinois overnight, and Pittsburgh called off its game Monday afternoon.

All four games were to be made up Tuesday, which was scheduled to be a day off for the teams. The Cubs rescheduled their game against the Montreal Expos for 2:20 p.m., the Indians and White Sox meet at 3:05 p.m., the Yankees and Minnesota Twins play at 4:05 p.m., and the Pirates and Brewers start at 6:05 p.m.

This is the second time in Jacobs Field history that the Indians have had to postpone their home opener. In 1996, Cleveland had its game with the Yankees called off because of snow.

Tuesday’s late start could cause some major traffic problems outside the ballpark. That night, Michael Jordan will make his final appearance in Cleveland as the Washington Wizards play the Cavaliers at Gund Arena, next door to the Jake.

Cleveland played in heavy snow last week in Baltimore’s home opener.

The last time the Cubs postponed their home opener was 1990, when their game against the Philadelphia Phillies was rained out. The Cubs’ last snowout was April 16, 2001, also against the Phillies.

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