Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Preview, Saturday 7/9, 6:05 CT: About Postponements And Fan-Friendliness

Darwin Barney of the Chicago Cubs hits an RBI single in the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game on July 8, 2011 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

This doesn't have anything to do with the Cubs. But then again, it does.

Friday night, the Yankees and Rays were rained out in New York. This disappointed thousands of fans who had bought tickets hoping that perhaps that they could see Derek Jeter get his 3,000th career hit.

The Yankees wanted to make the game up as a split DH today. The Rays, as is their collectively bargained right, voted not to do so, and had good reasons for that vote; meanwhile, the Yankees didn't want to play a straight DH, citing "loss of revenue", which is understandable.

So they rescheduled the game for a mutual off day, Thursday, Sept. 22. The Yankees announced that tickets for Friday night's game would be valid for the makeup date. But are they requiring ticketholders from a Friday night in July to show up on a Thursday in September, or they're out of luck? No, they are not:

The Yankees announced that those with tickets for Friday's game may use them for the rescheduled game Sept. 22 -- which does not yet have a start time -- or exchange them for any regular-season game at Yankee Stadium within 12 months of the postponed game.

Wow. The richest and most powerful team in baseball is giving their fans a chance to exchange tickets for a rained-out game for an entire calendar year from last night. The Cubs, meanwhile, for their three postponed games so far this season, have had a "no exchange" policy, though I've heard if you complain loudly enough, you can get a refund.

Shame on you, Cubs. Hopefully, there won't be any more rainouts this season; we've certainly seen enough rain and postponements already this year. But if there are, you could learn a lesson from this generous, fair and fan-friendly Yankees policy.

Cubs lineup:
Fukudome RF, Castro SS, Ramirez 3B, Pena 1B, Byrd CF, Soriano LF, Hill C, Barney 2B, Dempster P
Pirates lineup:
Presley LF, d'Arnaud SS, Walker 2B, McCutchen CF, Overbay 1B, Jones RF, Harrison 3B, McKenry C, Correia P
Today's Starting Pitchers
Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
Cubs
vs. Kevin Correia
Kevin Correia
Pirates
5-6 W-L 11-6
4.99 ERA 3.74
98 SO 57
37 BB 25
14 HR 13
vs. Pit -- vs. Cubs

W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Ryan Dempster 5-6 19 18 0 0 0 0 106.1 113 62 59 14 37 98 4.99 1.41


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2011 - Kevin Correia 11-6 19 18 1 0 0 0 113.0 114 54 47 13 25 57 3.74 1.23

Tonight's game features a pitching rematch from Opening Day, April 1 at Wrigley Field, when Kevin Correia threw six solid innings and so did Ryan Dempster -- only Dempster was left in a little too long and gave up two seventh-inning runs that put the game out of reach. Both pitchers also have one further start against tonight's opponent, that they won. Dempster has held current Pirates to a .235 average (16-for-67), though Neil Walker is 6-for-10 with a HR. Kevin Correia has also held Cubs hitters down (.217, 25-for-115, one home run by Jeff Baker).

Today's game is on WGN and ROOT Sports Pittsburgh. Here is the complete MLB.com Mediacenter for today.

MLB.com Gameday

Baseball-reference.com game preview

SB Nation game preview

Please visit our SB Nation Pirates site Bucs Dugout.

Today's first pitch thread will be up at 6 pm CDT and the overflow threads will post at 7 pm, 8 pm and 8:45 pm CDT. If you need more overflows due to extra innings or rain delays, post them in the fanshot section.

Discuss amongst yourselves.

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