Salt was spread to melt ice in the Kauffman Stadium parking lot. Icicles hung from railings. The few fans were bundled in full winter apparel, but they didn’t get a chance to see baseball on Sunday.
The Royals-Angels game was postponed because of the cold weather. Temperature at the stadium around 1 p.m. on Sunday was 31 degrees with a wind chill of 20. The wind was blowing from the northwest at 17 mph.
The game, which was to be the finale of the four-game series with the Angels going for the sweep on Sunday, will be made up on June 25 at 3:15 p.m. The Royals will be between trips to Houston and Milwaukee on that day.
Tickets for Sunday's game will be honored for the rescheduled game or exchanges can be made before the first pitch on June 25. For more information, call 816-504-4040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For those who came to Sunday’s game and paid to park, the yellow receipt will be honored at any future home game this season.
Sunday’s game, scheduled to begin at 1:15 p.m., was called around 12:45 p.m., although discussions among the Royals, Angels and Major League Baseball had been occurring throughout the morning, and MLB wanted to get the game in.
“Everybody in both organizations felt it was in the best interest early on not to play because of the severe cold,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. “Major League Baseball made it clear today they wanted us to do all we could to play.
“Then we got a call from (MLB), and the word was if you feel the weather is too cold, that it’s going to hinder play and put athletes at risk, we’ll find a mutual day to make up the game. I wish we could have made the call earlier.”
Eric Skoglund, scheduled to make Sunday’s start, will be the starter on Monday, when the Royals open a three-game series in Toronto and look to end a five-game losing streak. Danny Duffy will start on Tuesday and Ian Kennedy on Wednesday.
Snow flurries blew across the ballpark, but nothing like the larger flakes that dropped on the stadium in Saturday night’s game.
Sunday’s game was to draw more than the usual amount of attention, at least from a media standpoint. Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani was scheduled to be the Angels’ starting pitcher and sought to become the first Angels pitcher since Jared Weaver in 2006 to win each of his first three starts.
“The simple fact that I was going to be pitching in cold weather was a little worrisome for me,” Ohtani said through interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. “Also, I was worried my fingertips might be a little numb and lose the feel of the ball.”
Understandable on this day.
Cold weather has followed the Royals and much of baseball into the season. The average first-pitch temperature of the Royals’ first eight games, in Kansas City, Detroit and Cleveland, was 39 degrees.
A snowstorm in Minnesota this weekend forced the postponement of three of the four Twins games against the Chicago White Sox.
The Royals have played in colder weather. On April 7, 2007, the Royals-and Tigers opened in 29-degree weather. It was a Saturday afternoon game, won by the Tigers 6-5 on the strength of home runs by Curtis Granderson twice, Gary Sheffield and Ivan Rodriguez, all off Gil Meche. The Royals got a home run from Reggie Sanders.