CHICAGO – Steady rain for the majority of the day couldn’t stop the south side faithful and White Sox fans from all over from making the trek to Guaranteed Rate Field on Monday afternoon to watch their Sox host the division rival, Detroit Tigers in the 2017 season opener.
Unfortunately, the weather would not cooperate this afternoon, and after a nearly two-hour rain delay the White Sox informed fans that the game was being postponed due to the rain.
The team originally announced the game would be delayed roughly 45 minutes before the scheduled first pitch, and at the time also cancelled the pregame ceremonies. Just after 3:00 pm, it was announced that the pregame ceremonies would take place at 3:30. After the rain soaked pregame festivities, which included players being driven onto the field in Ford Mustangs, and a ceremonial first pitch by former outfielder Scott Podsednik that was followed by droves of boos from the anxious crowd as the grounds crew pulled the tarp back onto the field.
Make-Up Details, Other Notes
Just before 5:00 pm (CT), the White Sox announced that Monday’s Opening Day game with the Detroit Tigers has been postponed until Tuesday afternoon, with a scheduled 1:10 pm (CT) start time. The White Sox also announced that all parking for fans attending tomorrow’s make-up game will be free.
The White Sox also announced that fans can bring their used or unused ticket for the April 3 game into the Guaranteed Rate Field box office at any time this season, to receive a free lower box or outfield reserve ticket for a future game this season, excluding select dates (May 29-31 vs Boston, June 24 vs Oakland, June 26-29 vs New York AL, July 18-19 vs Los Angeles NL, July 26-27 vs Cubs).
Carlos Rodon Injury Update: White Sox GM Rick Hahn said in an interview on Monday that Rodon was one week into a two week throwing program, and that his total recovery time could be as long as 5-6 weeks at this point, citing caution as the main reason for the lengthy time-frame, and reiterating the positive results from the original MRI and the second opinion that both showed no structural damage.