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“Busch Stadium has had weather woes in the past. In 2006, Game 4 between Detroit and the Cardinals was called. Rain has hovered over the majors all year with more than 50 washouts, baseball's highest total since 1997. The bad weather actually started before opening day, as the Milwaukee Brewers and Reds worked out in snow flurries on March 31. Wicked weather intruded earlier in this postseason, too. The opener of the AL playoff series between Detroit and New York was halted after 1½ innings by showers that lasted all night. The game at Yankee Stadium was suspended and picked up the next day at the point when it was stopped. The only other suspension in postseason history was that Rays-Phillies game in 2008. Baseball began the playoffs a week earlier this year than last season, intending to have the World Series conclude before November. MLB also hoped the adjustment could help avoid a chilly finish for the championship. It was in the 40s and raw last week for Game 1. It was in the 70s and clear at Busch Stadium on Tuesday. A perfect night to play, but it was a travel day for Texas and St. Louis. Banged-up Texas star Josh Hamilton took the rainout in stride. "You don't have to get worked up, hyped up to get into game mode and then shut it down," he said. "We know early, so we're able to come out here, get some swings in the cage, throw a bit. And it's smart for the pitchers, too, they don't have to get up, get going, have a rain delay, sit down." Information from ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
I'm not even sure why they canceled it. This is better than the weather for Game 1. I guess I'm going to lie back on the couch like a big, fat pig and watch a movie.” -- Cardinals OF Lance Berkman