In an extraordinary move, the Baltimore Orioles have announced that Wednesday's game against the White Sox will be played as scheduled. With the continued unrest near Camden Yards, though, the game will be closed to the public.
After the announcement, Rick Hahn spoke to reporters about the game tomorrow.
It's going to be an interesting experience, but, from a safety perspective, it makes sense. Also, it helps to potentially relieve some of the logjam later in the season in terms of makeup games.
For a lot of fans, myself included, I was wondering if the environment might be odd for the players who are use to playing in front of huge crowds of fans. Rick Hahn thinks they'll be OK.
A lot of these guys have played instructional league games or spring training B games so it's going to be a similar environment to what they've seen before.
As for the games cancelled Monday and Tuesday ...
The postponed Orioles & White Sox games on 4/27 & 4/28 will be made up as part of a single-admission doubleheader on May 28, at 4:05 pm.— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) April 28, 2015
This change to the schedule will have the Sox playing eleven games in eleven days and four cities from May 25th to June 4th. This obviously leaves a lot of questions about the Chris Sale and Jeff Samardzija suspensions and how all this will work out with the starting rotation, but Rick Hahn hits the nail on the head for now.
There's more serious concerns going on than an off-day right now.