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Sox fans see bright skies ahead
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10/12/2003  8:05 PM ET 
Sox fans see bright skies ahead
Wet weather doesn't dampen spirits of Fenway faithful
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Red Sox fans were prepared for the rain on Sunday night. (Jim Rogash/AP)
BOSTON -- The general sentiment among Red Sox fans trudging along Yawkey Way away from the Fenway Park gates Saturday night after Boston's loss in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series was this:

It's only one game, there are probably four more to go, and the sun will come out tomorrow.

Two out of three ain't bad. The sun did not come out Sunday. A persistent and at-times heavy rain soaked the city for most of the day and had everyone wondering if Game 4 would be played as planned.

It wasn't. About 50 minutes before the scheduled start time, it was announced that Game 4 will be played (hopefully) Monday night, Game 5 late Tuesday afternoon and, without an off day, Games 6 and 7 -- if necessary -- back in New York on Wednesday and Thursday.

But as bundled-up Bostonians walked through the drizzle after the announcement, it was clear that their spirits hadn't been dampened in the slightest.

"Not at all," said Katy Conlan, Red Sox umbrella in hand. "Last night, the weather was almost perfect and we lost, so maybe this is a good thing. Maybe we need a little break, a little water, and we'll be just like the saying goes, right as rain."

"I like this kind weather," added Katy's husband, Lyle. "It's fall weather, and this is fall baseball. I think the gods are gonna clear this up tomorrow, and the boys are going to bounce back like they have all year and stick it to the Yankees."

Nor surprisingly, the number of extracurricular activities in Game 3 was as much of a hot topic among fans as the weather. And being admittedly biased, most Sox fans felt the Yankees were at fault. But few people thought the bad blood would spill over into Game 4.

"I'd like to think that when they sit back and think about what happened, they'll regret it," said Carmela Contreras of Cambridge, Mass. "There's some people on both sides, I'm not gonna say who, but they who ought to be ashamed of themselves.

"This is such a fun time for everyone, and I think the focus will be back where it should be -- on the baseball."

For the night, however, the rain took center stage. The outfield at Fenway was a marsh when the game was postponed, and the normally jammed and lively streets around the park were sparsely populated.

"Of course I'm disappointed," said Lyle Conlan. "This is the only game I have tickets for, so I was hoping that if tonight got rained out, they'd play two tomorrow and I'd be able to see the early game. But I hear they're starting late again tomorrow, and I have to work tomorrow night."

A man who, for obvious reasons soon to be revealed, wouldn't allow his name to be published, was in a similar situation. His plan of attack, however, was markedly different.

"Feel my forehead," he said. "I think I have a fever coming on. Yes, definitely a fever. And my throat's starting to feel a little scratchy. And my stomach really hurts.

"You know what? I think I'm gonna have to call in sick tomorrow night. This could be serious."

Playoff baseball, rain or shine, always is.

Mychael Urban is a national writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.



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