Rain, Rain, Go Away

Fantasies too can be affected by the weather.

And that was the case Wednesday afternoon at George M. Steinbrenner Field as rain – predicted several days ago — arrived and washed out the remainder of the game between the Riverdogs and Clippers.

The game was in the top of the fifth inning – after starting about one-half hour earlier than scheduled in anticipation of the bad weather.

The Clippers probably wished the game was over sooner. It was … in a way.

They trailed 15-0 when Mother Nature stepped in to put an end to their misery.

The hitting star for the Al Downing/Jake Gibbs coached Riverdogs was Mt Sinai, New York’s David Dimaio who banged out four hits – three singles and a double – and drove in five runs. Dimaio’s teammate, Adam Schneider, from Pelham, New York, chipped in with four hits and three runs scored.

The Clippers could only muster three hits in their four innings worth of plate appearances.

The morning game at Steinbrenner Field was a little one-sided as well. But at least it was played in the sunny, warm conditions that are expected to return to Tampa Thursday.

The Bambinos gave the Clippers a taste of what was to come in the afternoon with a 10-3 win in a full nine-inning game.

Three different players had two RBI’s each with Brooklyn, New York’s Carmine Gangone adding three hits to his RBI total. Mario Albunia of Hoboken, New Jersey, narrowly missed having a four hit game when he lined out to first base in his final at-bat.

Thursday is the planned Interstate 4 cultural exchange day between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers fantasy camps. Three Detroit teams of campers will play here in Tampa and the Bambinos, Riverdogs and Bombers will play at the Tiger Town complex.

It’s about 40 miles up I-4 to get to Joker Marchant Stadium.

But for the players, the trip will probably seem like a drive around the block as they get to experience another historic first in Yankees’ Fantasy Camp history.

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