CHICAGO (CBS) — The Friendly Confines weren’t quite so friendly on Monday, with the Cubs forced to postpone their home opener by a day, due to snowy conditions.
The Cubs originally were scheduled to start their home opener at 1:20 p.m. Monday morning, they delayed the start of the game until 2:20 p.m., but later postponed the game until 1:20 p.m. Tuesday.
A dusting of snow had fallen at Wrigley Field overnight, and more snow was falling hours before Monday’s scheduled first pitch, with plenty of snow still on the grass. Although temperatures were rising above freezing by the afternoon, a mix of rain and more snow was possible Monday afternoon.
The Cubs tried to use the outfield sprinklers to help melt the snow Monday morning, but the team ultimately decided to postpone the game until Tuesday.
CBS 2’s Roseanne Tellez and Cubs mascot Clark had some fun with the snow early Monday, having a snowball fight at “Gallagher Way,” the newly renamed plaza outside Wrigley Field.
A few players also had some fun in the snow when they arrived Monday morning, tossing some snowballs at each other before heading back into the warmth of the clubhouse.
Wrigley Field organist Gary Pressy pointed out it’s hardly the first time the Cubs have dealt with a few flakes at their home opener, tweeting a video of snow falling at the stadium in 1975.