Rain follows Reds
By Marc Lancaster / Post staff reporter
PITTSBURGH - Reports on the Weather Channel showed rivers engorged by days of non-stop rain running well above normal levels in New England.
The Allegheny River, which runs behind the right-field wall at PNC Park, looked fine, but the skies weren't dry. Another afternoon of rain, another Reds batting practice canceled.
"It must be raining everywhere in America right now," said Austin Kearns.
Following a soggy homestand and a washed-out exhibition game in Cooperstown, N.Y., on Monday, the Reds certainly have a dark cloud over them at the moment.
Though the 63-minute rain delay that preceded Tuesday's game was the first time weather has officially kept them off the field in the last week, the effects have been felt. The Reds haven't taken regular batting practice since last Wednesday. Players still get their swings in thanks to indoor batting cages, but it's not quite the same.
"It's killing me," said manager Jerry Narron. "I don't know what our record was in those 16 straight games that we played (it was 11-5, from April 11-26), but it'd be nice to get back in a groove where we're playing every day and get on a regular routine, I'll tell you that. The players might not feel that way, but I'd sure like to see it."
Some of them actually do feel that way. While everyone is happy for a break from the monotony of BP after a week of the usual routine, a week out of it has some players restless.
"It's nice to get a day here and there where you can just hit in the cage," said Kearns. "But (missing so many) kind of does take you out of the routine as far as just getting out there and just running around some and getting loose. ... It would be nice to get some better weather and be outside."