Must we have perfect weather to take in a ballgame around here?
Since the days of the Big Red Machine, if not before, the Reds have been heavily dependent on highway visitors from about four states and a hundred miles or more away. Those folks plan their journeys in advance, and for stretches when school is not a factor. They also use a lot of gas, the price of which is at present daunting.
I'm guilty of both of the above emotions. I've got a four hour drive roundtrip. If I'm going to head down to GABP, not only do I have to make time, but the weather needs to be decent. I think that's fair and I don't think I'm less of a fan because of it.
I've also got memories of $1600 worth of damage when I got caught in a hailstorm around the IND-OH state line on I-74 while on my way to a 2002 game. That's the last time I bought tickets in advance to a Reds game.
Hopefully I'll catch one of the games on the upcoming homestead. With any luck, Arroyo will be on the mound.