Made the three-hour drive up to Daytona for game one of the Palm Beach Cardinals versus the Daytona Cubs; Jackie Robinson Park as it is known. We arrived early, about 4:00 P.M. and as we pulled into the parking lot, it started to pour. The rain shower only lasted about 15 minutes, and the Cubs had the infield covered with a large white tarp.
We checked out the stadium, bought our tickets and then went across the street to MCK's Irish Pub for a pre-game bite. The gates opened at 6:00 P.M. and it seemed we were the only Cardinal fans there, as we were surrounded by a sea of people wearing blue or Daytona spirit wear. We eagerly anticipated the start of the game.
The Cardinals came out on fire and despite losing most of their starters they looked like the early-season team of old. Kozma hit a double, and Hill homered in the first. Kingrey hit an RBI single and the Cardinals started the game with a three-run lead. Hill homered again in the third, and the Cards were up 4-0. Herron's pitching was dominant.
After 4.5 innings, the sky opened up and a torrential downpour like I have never witnessed (it never rains in CA) fell for over 40 minutes. The crew ran onto the field to cover the infield with the large white tarp. By the time they finished, they were all soaked to the skin. We waited out the downpour and slowly the Daytona crowd left the game, until there was only a handful left.
Finally the rain stopped and the ground crew began the task of getting the field in a playable condition. They worked for over three hours but to no avail. The game was called and would be replayed from the beginning.
Due to road construction on Interstate 95, the team bus didn't arrive back at Roger Dean until 4:00 A.M.
The good news is the Cards will host tonight's game. Nick Additon is scheduled to start Wednesday night.
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