As previously noted, Hurricane Irene has done a tune on area sports schedules. Connecticut’s biggest event this weekend, the New Haven Open, a WTA/US Open Series event, pushed its singles finals up to 1 p.m. from its originally scheduled 5 p.m. start on Saturday. Caroline Wozniacki, the top-ranked women’s tennis player in the world, was paired with Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic. After earning a spot the main draw as a qualifier, Cetkovska defeated No. 7 Li Na of China, the tourney’s second seed, 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (11-9) in the semis on Friday.
“These kind of things you can’t really figure out on your own,” said Cetkovska. Currently ranked a career high No. 40 in the world, the 26-year-old Czech credited her coach, Stephane Charret, with her rapid advancement on the world stage.
The New Haven Open may be the largest event in Connecticut this weekend, but all other teams in the state—indeed, in the Northeast—have been equally affected by Hurricane Irene.
The Bridgeport Bluefish have cancelled their entire weekend’s slate of games scheduled at the Ballpark at Harbor Yard. Saturday’s game against the Maryland Blue Crabs was played as part of a doubleheader on Friday. Sunday’s scheduled game vs. the Lancaster Barnstormers has been re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday. In addition, the ’Fish announced that they are reviving $5 ticket night specials for both Monday and Tuesday—both vs. Lancaster. All lower-level tickets, including field box, loge box and reserve, will be $5 per seat. In addition, children 12-and-under eat free (hot dog, chips, 12-oz. fountain soda) for both games. First pitch for Monday’s doubleheader is slated for 6:05 p.m., ad first pitch on Tuesday will be 7:05 p.m.
“This is a great chance for fans to come down to the ballpark at an extremely affordable price,” Notes Bob Goughan, Bluefish general manager.
The New Britain Rock Cats had a weekend series scheduled in Trenton this weekend. Game two of a scheduled Saturday doubleheader was washed out, compliments of Irene, and Sunday’s game has been postponed. The ’Cats move on the Richmond, Va., on Monday to open a four-game series with the Flying Squirrels (the team formerly known as the Connecticut Defenders).
The Connecticut Tigers were able to get in both games this weekend (Friday night and Saturday afternoon) at Dodd Stadium in Norwich against the Vermont Lake Monsters. The Tigers are scheduled to head to Vermont to play two against the Monsters on—the completion of a game that was suspended on June 25, followed by the regularly scheduled game. The Tigers are scheduled to play one more game in the Catamount State on Monday before returning to The Dodd to open a three-game set with the Hudson Valley Renegades.
The Mets were scheduled to host a weekend series with the Braves at CitiField, but Irene had other ideas. With the NYC Transit System shut down effective noon on Saturday, the Mets decided to postpone both games. They will be made up on Thursday, Sept. 8, as a day-night, two-admission doubleheader. Can’t lose that gate of around 8,000, you know.
The Yankees, originally scheduled to play in Baltimore on Saturday and Sunday, will instead sit out Irene on Saturday and play a day-night doubleheader on Sunday—weather permitting, of course.
Finally, the Red Sox, at home against the Oakland A’s this weekend, pushed their regularly scheduled game on Sunday to Saturday, when they played a day-night doubleheader.
Since this reporter is sitting in Irene’s cross-hairs (and they just announced a tornado watch, to boot), this reporter is getting ready to baton down the hatches. Will get back at you once the power comes back on.
Be safe, everyone. Please. This one’s no joke.