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Snow Way! Yankees Home Opener Postponed Due To Storm

April 02, 2018 - 2:20 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) -- Today was supposed to be the Yankees home opener, but Mother Nature had other plans.

Aaron Boone woke up before heading to the ballpark for his first home opener as New York Yankees manager and peeked outside the window.
 
"Huh,'' he recalled saying to himself. "It really is 100 percent chance of snow at 7 a.m.'' 

"This fan base is amazing. It's been fun to see just in my short time back the connection they have with the players," Boone added.
 
Two hours later, the Yankees postponed Monday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays and rescheduled it for 4:05 p.m. Tuesday.

Earlier Monday, 1010 WINS' Roger Stern talked to die-hard fans who were convinced the game woould be played.

"I think it makes for good baseball right, I mean it's early spring," Yankees fan Vin told Stern.

Vin also told Stern he thinks the snow will not ruin the Yankees karma. Vin was wrong.

"I was ready," Yankees fan Roger, who came from Miami, told 1010 WINS" Juliet Papa. "I took a shower at 6 ... put my uniform on - the jersey, the hat." It's his third home opener but he'll be back Tuesday, Papa reported.

No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery remains the scheduled pitcher for the Yankees. The Rays will shift to ace Chris Archer in place of Austin Pruitt, who won Thursday's opener in relief.


 
The Yankees lost their final two games of an opening series at Toronto for a four-game split. Tampa Bay lost the final three games of its opening series at home against Boston.
 
The Yankees' home opener against Houston at Yankee Stadium two years ago was postponed because of a forecast of bad weather and rescheduled for the following day.
 
Monday's fast-moving spring snowstorm swept through parts of the Northeast. The decision to start at 4 p.m. Tuesday was made because rain is forecast for the morning.

The New York Mets also postponed their game against the Philadelphia Phillies Monday. That game was rescheduled as part of a single-admission doubleheader on Monday, July 9 at 4:10 p.m.

The snowstorm was the fifth to move through the area after four nor'easters in March.