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Photo of Yankee Stadium announcement by peterkreder on flickr

Opening day for the Yankees on Monday became opening night on Tuesday after bad weather and -- it seems, more importantly -- the forecast of bad weather persuaded the Yankees to postpone a game that was set for 1:05 p.m. to 7:05 p.m. the next day. That has many of the people with tickets to yesterday's game unhappy.

The Sun tells of a couple who had flown in from Florida and couldn't stay for the makeup. There were also the usual sob stories about people who got out of work or out of school for no reason. As could be expected, many fans who paid well over face value for the tickets were less than thrilled after getting rained out without a steady downpour happening. That's understandable. The Yankees have played in worse conditions -- the 1999 home opener against the Tigers and the 2003 home opener against the Twins -- and their decision seemed married to the radar maps.

As Sebastian Junger put it in The Perfect Storm, even in today's computer age, predicting the weather is often just calling up someone to the west and asking him to look out the window. If the Yankees had done that, they would have realized that most of the Eastern Seaboard played games Monday. On the other hand, nothing is worse for a baseball team than starting a game only to have it washed out. With the benefit of hindsight, the Yankees probably know they made the wrong decision.