Boston Red Sox

Aug 7, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) bats during the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. (Bob DeChiara/USA TODAY Sports)

By Ty Anderson,

A real life monsoon decided to terrorize the Red Sox and Royals late in a Wednesday night affair at Fenway Park.

But as fans bolted for retreat on the Fenway concourses, neither the Red Sox, Royals, or umpiring crew seemed interested in stopping play. Their determination was rewarded with a slight break from the downpour in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the heaviest stuff came down when the Red Sox returned to the field for the top of the 10th inning, which forced the teams back to their clubhouses with the sides knotted up at 4-4 in the series finale.

And though there was an obvious interest in finishing the game, a one hour and 50 minute rain delay confirmed just that, the weather never got on the same page as the teams, as play has been suspended until 1:05 p.m. on Aug. 22.

Their interest in finishing this game on Wednesday night was for good reason.

Both the Red Sox and Royals — like everybody else on a late-season stretch run — are short on off-days. Finding mutual off-days this time of year are typically a nightmare, too. But the Royals were due to kick off a series in Detroit on Thursday night, and without another Boston trip on their 2019 schedule, a failure to finish Wednesday’s game on Wednesday night into early Thursday morning would have required a return to The Hub later in the season.

And that Aug. 22 pickup is a strange affair for all involved, really.

The Royals are traveling back to Boston in between road trips in Baltimore and Cleveland for what could very well be a one-inning game, as the teams will pick up where they left off in the top of the 10th inning. And with the Royals sitting an absurd 29.5 games out of first place in the American League central, not even a 12-game winning streak will make this makeup game (or, again, inning) matter for Kansas City.

That matinee rejoin later this month has also come with a significant loss for the Red Sox, too, as the team has lost a day of off-day fun in San Diego, according to Red Sox manager Alex Cora.

“There’s a lot of people upset about that one,” Cora said of the makeup date, which has canceled the team’s off-day in San Diego. “No golfing or SeaWorld or LegoLand. No marina. It is what it is. That was our only option.”

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.