Growing up in the late 1960s, in eastern Pennsylvania, my baseball buddies and I would look forward to spring training every March with high hopes of our favorite Major League teams making it to the World Series later that year.
Back then most of my buddies were Orioles fans, and we would check out the new home schedule looking for doubleheaders at Memorial Stadium for a chance to see Brooks and Frank Robinson play twice on the same day and hopefully get lucky if Jim Palmer pitched one of the two games.
What a treat: two games for the price of one. Little did we know it would never get any better than this.
Soon doubleheaders became a thing of the past and with the '80s and '90s, and the only time a twinbill would appear was the result of a rainout or re-scheduled makeup - and even then most of these were day/night doubleheaders, which cleared fans out and charged them twice on the same day.
In fact, "get-away" games sometimes were never rescheduled unless the team traveling was in a pennant race and needed to make up the game due to their place in the standings.
So if you went to Baltimore on a Sunday afternoon in September to see the Bronx Bombers, you prayed Mother Nature wouldn't ruin your plans. If she did, fans would end up replacing Yankee tickets with some lesser team or whatever was still up for grabs later in the season.
Over two months ago, I observed in disbelief a game in St. Louis between the Royals and Cardinals go eight hours - including a one-hour pre-game rain delay and a four-and-a-half hour delay late after KC scored in the ninth inning to go ahead.
The blue crew refused to call or suspend the game because it was one of those classic get-away games, and both teams were scheduled away the following day. When the dust - mud - had settled after 3 a.m. the next morning, the game finished in front of 100 fans remaining from a crowd of over 43,000.
Once again, fans get soaked.
Last Sunday, Curve fans sat from 5:30 to 7 p.m. before Curve management canceled Sunday's get-away game with Erie only to announce that it would be made up at Erie when Altoona traveled there later next month.
Fans could exchange their tickets for any remaining home Curve game - if available. However, what happens to the season-ticket holder who has tickets for all games? Or the fan who just wanted to see the Erie team play?
Now I see where the Reds were in San Francisco for a doubleheader on July 23 and the first game will start at 7:05 and second game is a make-up from July 4 - in Cincy!
These are just a few examples of where Mr. Fan takes a back seat when it comes to recognizing them as the money train for these clubs and the paychecks for a lot of players.
What's next for the fans - no exchanges and no refunds? I hope not.