NEW YORK -- The weathermen have been kept busy by the damp conditions around Yankee Stadium all season long, so it should come as no surprise that there could be some more wetness in the forecast for Game 1 of the World Series.
"We've had a lot of rainy games here all year," Yankees starter CC Sabathia said. "I come to the park, go about my business the same way. I just get ready and see what happens." As of 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, Weather.com was forecasting early showers and a 40 percent chance of precipitation at Wednesday's scheduled 7:57 p.m. ET first pitch and temperatures around 55 degrees, with chances of light rain and showers continuing into the overnight. The National Weather Service called for a chance of rain before midnight Wednesday, with mostly cloudy skies and a 30 percent chance of precipitation. The low was expected to be around 47 degrees, with a north wind between 10 and 15 mph. AccuWeather.com was reporting that the weather pattern was improving for Game 1, with potential drizzle remaining in the area. A total of one to perhaps as much as two inches of rain would fall through Wednesday afternoon, including Tuesday's rainfall. "Players may be dealing with a soggy outfield and fans may want to bring a towel to dry off their seats upon arrival for the game Wednesday evening," wrote Accuweather.com's Alex Sosnowski.Weather played a large role in Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series, both won by the Yankees in cold and raw conditions that made it somewhat uncomfortable for players, who wore earflaps on their caps and face masks. But the Yankees opened the gates to fans on time for both contests, and the rain, more prevalent in the late innings of the 13-inning Game 2, never actually made the field unplayable. The clinching ALCS Game 6 was postponed for one day by rain, with the game called by Major League Baseball approximately one hour after the gates opened to fans. World Series tickets are honored when that game is played. For example, if Game 1 were to not be played Wednesday, the tickets for Game 1 would be accepted at Yankee Stadium gates on the rescheduled date for the first game of the World Series. The Yankees have invited fans interested in weather updates concerning future home games to visit Yankees.com/weather.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.