Well, if you spent your hard earned money to visit New York City this week, you probably are grumbling right about now. It’s not bad enough that you had to experience our earthquake, but now we are throwing a hurricane your way. What’s a tourist to do but stay in the hotel room and watch CNN, at least until the power goes out?
This weekend is especially bad news for local sports fans. The New York Mets have cancelled today and tomorrow’s games against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field, so if you came into town for this and have to be back at work on Monday, you are out of luck.
The Yankees did not escape Irene’s wrath even though they are out of town. Their doubleheader against Baltimore is postponed today, and the games will definitely not be rescheduled in any way that is good for the Yankees since they will lose one of their two remaining days off to make them up.
Irene also postponed the New York Giants and Jets showdown at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. This game was perfectly scheduled for 7 PM tonight, but now it will be played on Monday night. Too many viewing parties were disrupted because of this, and if the power goes out, all those six-foot heroes and other party snacks are not going to last until Monday. Many dejected hosts and hostesses will no doubt have their knives and forks working overtime this weekend to take care of that.
Irene has also disrupted the action at the Barclays at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey. It seems like Sunday’s final round will be washed out, and conditions are not likely to improve enough to do anything on Monday.
Other sports events that have been canceled or postponed include the Red Bulls game against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sunday, The Staten Island Yankees Sunday home game, the Brooklyn Cyclones Sunday home game, and racing at Monmouth Park and Yonkers Raceway.
Finally, and probably the saddest thing to report is from the US Open, where Arthur Ashe’s Kids’ Day had to be cancelled. This includes all activities and the stadium show. This is a great day that promotes the sport and also gives children opportunities to meet the players and see some of their favorite musical artists perform.
Hurricane Irene is turning millions of people’s lives upside down this weekend, and she has obliterated the sports schedule. Oh, and don’t think you’re going to be able to sit down and watch games being played out of Irene’s reach, because in all likelihood Irene is going to knock down trees and cut out power.
I have already planned to do what good old Abe Lincoln used to do: read some good books by candlelight. Hey, I wanted to catch up on my reading anyway.
Harrison Frazar – AP
Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day – Getty Images