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Stop Me if You've Heard this Before, but More Bad Weather

By sstorm Published: April 16, 2007

I'm tired of writing about the weather. I'm sure you all are sick of reading about it, too.

But when a baseball game is started with wind gusts ranging between 30-40 mph, well...you get stuck talking about the weather.

So here goes Monday's bad weather story (with only the good news being no snow involved).

Despite a wind advisory issued for a handful of Akron counties throughout Monday, the first of a three-game set with visiting Erie was still a go by the time fans arrived at Canal Park.

After pulling the tarp and getting the field lined, a huge green blob on the radar screen scared Aeros officials enough to get the tarp back out at 5:47 p.m., where it stayed until the game got underway a little over an hour late at 8:08 p.m.

Of course as soon as the tarp was pulled, the rain that officials had anticipated earlier finally started. Still, the teams played through two and half innings in heavy winds andincreasing rain with the SeaWolves leading 3-0.

With the Aeros preparing to bat in the bottom of the third inning, the umpires delayed the game - calling for the tarp at 8:52 p.m. Probably figuring why stop now since they've played in the rain and wind this long, Erie manager Matt Walbeck was livid over having his burned his starting pitcher - right-hander Jair Jurrjens.

The rain didn't last long, and the tarp was pulled off once again. Still, it took the grounds crew (the MVP's of the night) more time to dump sand all over the damp infield than anything, with the game finally continuing after a 52-minute delay at 9:43 p.m. - in what felt like 22 degrees with the heavy winds still blowing.

Alright, enough about weather. Here's some good news for Akron fans:

Aeros designated hitter Rodney Choy Foo was named the Eastern League Player of the Week Monday. The 25-year old helped the Aeros get off to a 3-3 start (six games have already been postponed due to weather) by batting .524 (11-for-21) with a double, a triple and two home runs - including a grand slam.
Choy Foo leads the league in batting average, RBI, on-base percentage (.583) and slugging percentage (.952). His batting average also ranks as the second best in all levels of the minor leagues.
During the off-season, Choy Foo played for the North Shore Honu in the Hawaiian Winter Baseball League and was selected as the second baseman on the All-Star Team after hitting .286 with eight doubles, four homers, 18 RBI and 17 runs scored in 34 games. The Waimanalo, Hawaii, native was selected by the Cleveland Indians in the 26th round of the June 2000 draft.


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