Rain or shine


Stockton Port’s Murphy Smith throws against the Inland Empire 66ers during a game at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/1000th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200).

“…Football is played in any kind of weather. Rain, sleet, snow, hail and mud. Can’t read numbers on the field, can’t read the yard markers, can’t read the players’ numbers, the struggle will continue. In baseball, if it rains, we don’t come out to play. ‘I can’t come out to play, it’s raining out!'” – George Carlin


The ground crew unfurls a tarp over the infield at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/640th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200).

It’s strange, but after 25 years, I’ve never had a baseball game that I was shooting stopped due to rain. Oh, there have been games that I have been assigned to that were canceled before I even got there due the weather. There have been others where it just sprinkled lightly and play continued until the rain stopped. I’m talking about a game that has to be halted after it has already begun. I estimate that I’ve done hundreds of games from youth leagues to the pros, and it’s never happened to me until recently. In fact, the weather has been so fickle lately, it’s happened to me twice in as many weeks.


Stockton Ports employees watch the rain come down during a delay in the game between the Stockton Ports and the Inland Empire 66ers at the Banner Island Ball Park in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 400).

Two weeks ago, at the top of the first inning of a game between the Stockton Ports and the Inland Empire 66ers, with one out and a man on first, a rain shower poured down and stopped play of the midday game. The grounds crew unfurled a tarp to cover the infield and everyone waited for the rain to subside. About an hour later, the sun came out, albeit through partly cloudy skies, and the game resumed, though most of the already-sparse crowd had left.


2-year-old Sofia Melissare of Livermore wore a red rain slicker to keep dry while attending the Stockton Ports game against the Inland Empire 66ers at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/6.3. ISO: 200).


Charles Danner keeps dry uner an umbrella during a rain shower while watching the Stockton Ports play the Inland Empire 66ers at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 400).

I shot about 3-1/2 more innings when it started to sprinkle again. I looked off to the west and saw ominous dark clouds moving in. I had gotten a couple of action shots, so I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and headed back to the office. After a second stoppage, the game was finally finished with the Ports losing 9-5.


Stockton Port’s Dusty Napoleon slides into second as Inland Empire 66ers Chris Gutierrez prepares to throw to first during a game at the Banner Island Ballpark in downtown Stockton. Napoleon was out but broke up the double play (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300mm. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/7.1. ISO: 200).

Last week, at the start of a Pacific softball game against U.C. Davis at Simoni Field in Stockton, a shower caught everyone off guard. It was the third and final game of a series that started more than two weeks ago but was postponed due to, you guessed it, bad weather


Lorraine Sarale and Roger Davey protect themselves from a rain shower with an umbrella while attending a University of the Pacific softball game against UC Davis at Pacific’s Simoni Field in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300. Exposure: 1/500th sec. @ f/4. ISO: 200).

Just before I got to UOP I could see the downpour moving in from the east as II drove on I-5. I could also tell that the storm cell was small and wasn’t going to last very long. The officials on the field didn’t have that advantage with near by A.A. Stagg Memorial Stadium blocking their view eastward. When I arrived at the field grounds crews rushed to cover the pitchers mound and batters box as large drops pelted down. The shower lasted about 10-15 minutes after I got there. The game was pushed back about half an hour. The rains stopped, the clouds parted, sunshine radiated down and the game started.

University of the Pacific’s Nikki Armagost throws a pitch during a softball game against UC Davis at Pacific’s Simoni Field in Stockton (Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 300. Exposure: 1/2000th sec. @ f/5.6. ISO: 200).

Like the Ports, the Tigers lost and I got rained on again. I guess there’s some truth in the saying “when it rains, it pours.”

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