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Wake Up With A Special Snow Day Video - Jay Gibbons Loses A Ball In The Snow On Opening Day In 2003
Here in Baltimore we got a ton of snow this weekend, anytime the city gets snow it reminds me of the Opening Day game against a VERY young C.C. Sabathia and the Indians. March 31st, 2003, the game started out like a normal Opening Day game, the Orioles jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind Rodrigo Lopez in the bottom of the second. Top of the third the skies opened up and it looked like Breckenridge. Just look at the video above, I have no clue how the Indians hitters who were batting in the snow could see the ball. How god damn scared was Geronimo Gil, the catcher?
The Indians scored three in the third thanks to that snow and the umpires somehow not stopping play when it looked like a god damn blizzard outside. This play is the one everyone remembers though. Ellis Burks' hits a fly ball to Jay Gibbons in right field. Gibbons has no damn clue where the ball is or that the ball is even hit to him. Probably because he couldn't see three feet in front of him. Ball drops, the second baseman has to come all the way out, run scores, Mike Hargrove comes out to argue AND THEN the umps stop the game.
How was it not stopped earlier? Blizzard like conditions don't warrant a stop? Good thing the Orioles came back to win this game or I'd still be livid about it. Nonetheless, it was an awesome scene and one of the most memorable games in Camden Yards history. Anytime you get snow with baseball it makes for a wild scene.
PS. Less than a month until pitchers and catchers report.
PPS. Comment your favorite snow memory below!