Mets-Rockies game postponed by spring snowstorm
Ike Davis and the New York Mets have seen more snowballs than
fastballs on their freezing road trip.
A spring storm covered Coors Field in ankle-deep snow Monday,
forcing the postponement of New York’s game against the Colorado
Rockies – the Mets’ second straight postponement. Wintry conditions
in Minneapolis on Sunday forced their game against the Twins to be
called off and rescheduled for Aug. 19.
”This is unbelievable,” Davis said. ”We’re just sitting here.
Nowhere to go. I don’t know how you could have played in this. You
The teams are now scheduled to play a split doubleheader
Tuesday, with the opener set to begin at 1:10 p.m. The nightcap
will be at 6:40 p.m., as previously scheduled.
Weather forecasts, however, call for more snow and also rain on
Determined to loosen up their arms a bit, Mets pitchers played
catch in the snow for about 15 minutes Monday.
”The snow was over the tops of our shoes, up towards your
ankle,” left-hander Aaron Laffey said. ”It was like being a kid
again, just out there trying to play catch. But it was kind of
goofy, having snow like that on a major league baseball field. You
just don’t expect that to happen.”
After the impromptu workout, New York bullpen coach Ricky Bones
walked up the runway between the dugout and clubhouse with his
catcher’s mitt filled with snow. He playfully banged it against the
wall, knocking a mound of snow to the floor.
”As a player, I played in some snow in Milwaukee, but never
this much,” he said. ”But it was amazing how cold it got out
Laffey said it reminded him of being back home in Maryland.
”In my high school days, we’d have snow typically for our first
couple of games of the high school baseball season, but never that
much snow,” he said. ”I’ve definitely played in some snowy
ballgames. It reminded me of back home the day we left for spring
training. We got like 8 inches of snow, right before we headed to
Because of the postponement, the Coors Field commemoration of
Jackie Robinson Day also was shifted from Monday night to the first
game of Tuesday’s doubleheader.
New York right-hander Dillon Gee (0-2) was scheduled to pitch
against Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio (1-0) in the first game.
Mets manager Terry Collins said he had not yet decided on a starter
for the nightcap, though it likely will be either Laffey (0-0) or
Jeremy Hefner (0-2). The Rockies are set to go with lefty Jeff
The game was the first to be snowed out at Coors Field since
April 3, 2011, against Arizona. The weather still could play havoc
with the series, too.
Having a second consecutive game called off because of the
weather ”gets to be tough,” Collins said.
”Now, your pitching is drastically affected, along with your
pitching down the line a little bit,” he said. ”But it is what it
is, and I certainly understand the thought process today and
understood the thought process yesterday.
”When you’re scheduled to play in these two towns that we were
in, you’ve got a chance to run into bad weather at this time of
year and we have. We just adjust.”
Rockies manager Walt Weiss’ scheduled availability with
reporters before the game was canceled.