Two weeks ago when we ordered tickets for this weekend’s University of Miami v University of Florida baseball games, we were sitting on the porch enjoying the day’s 80° temperature. Now as we prepare to drive to Gainesville for the game, we’re dressed in jeans and sweatshirts. Hats, gloves, scarves, and blankets cover the backseat of the car. The predicted game time temperature – 50°. Wind speed – 12mph. Low temperature – 37°. Of course, it doesn’t help that the game time changed from 1:00 to 7:30 to accommodate the broadcast schedule of Sun Sports.
What is it about games played by “the boys of summer” in March that brings out the coldest temperatures of the year in the Sunshine State? We should have known that despite the warm, summer-like weather on a February afternoon when we purchased tickets to the annual Canes series with the Gators that we’d dress more like we were heading to the slopes than a baseball stadium. Sweatshirts, blankets, hats and gloves are the required apparel for these early season games. We’ve even resorted to blankets during this series when the games were played in Miami so we should know what to expect…but baseball…sunshine…summer…the images just don’t match reality.
We survived last night’s opening game of the series and enjoyed cheering on the Canes as they snapped an eleven game losing streak against the Gators so I know we’ll survive tonight’s game as well, but how I would love to bake in the Florida sun during the game. Guess that’s too much to hope for! Go Canes!