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could possibly play the Montreal series in the White Sox stadium?

 

hmmm.

 

Associated Press

 

MIAMI -- Hurricane Ivan could force the storm-weary Florida Marlins to play at least part of their five-game series next week against Montreal at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago.

 

The teams are considering the White Sox ballpark as an option if Ivan makes it impossible to start the series Monday as scheduled at Pro Player Stadium.

 

The Marlins can't afford any more rainouts after three games last weekend against the Chicago Cubs were postponed because of Hurricane Frances. Florida is scheduled to play three doubleheaders in 11 days beginning Friday at Wrigley Field.

 

Whether the Marlins remain in Chicago to play the Expos will depend on how severely Ivan affects the Miami area. The storm could reach southern Florida as soon as Sunday, forecasters said.

 

"It would be weird -- a home game at an American League park," Marlins center fielder Juan Pierre said. "But you definitely don't want to be sitting around another three or four days."

 

A motocross event made Olympic Stadium in Montreal unavailable for any of the games.

 

Because of the postponements caused by Frances, the Marlins are scheduled to play 27 games in the final 24 days of the regular season. The defending World Series champions are in the thick of the race for the NL wild-card berth.

 

The Marlins flew to Chicago on Thursday night after a 4-0 loss to the New York Mets. With Ivan approaching, the organization invited the families of the players to accompany the team, and several players took the club up on the offer.

 

"If we have to play games somewhere else [next week], we don't have to worry about the families," manager Jack McKeon said.

 

McKeon said he initially packed for a three-day trip, but he was heading back home to get more clothes before driving to the airport.

 

With yet another hurricane threatening Florida, Pierre said it was difficult to leave -- even though the series against the Cubs is considered crucial.

 

"Definitely you'll be distracted," he said. "It's hard to go play baseball when you know you might be coming back to something devastating. But you're professional. You've got to learn to block it out. The Cubs aren't going to feel sorry for us."

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You guys are kidding. Sure the White Sox fans appreciate our efforts, but they wouldn't exactly be packing the joint to root for us. More likely you just will have a small, quiet, indifferent crowd.

 

I really hope this storm doesn't come. I'd MUCH MUCH MUCH rather go to school and have a 5 game homestand than sit home all day again and watch another of my home games be ruined.

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You guys are kidding. Sure the White Sox fans appreciate our efforts, but they wouldn't exactly be packing the joint to root for us. More likely you just will have a small, quiet, indifferent crowd.

 

I really hope this storm doesn't come. I'd MUCH MUCH MUCH rather go to school and have a 5 game homestand than sit home all day again and watch another of my home games be ruined.

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I don't like it by any means, but better that than an enemy crowd right?

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You guys are kidding. Sure the White Sox fans appreciate our efforts, but they wouldn't exactly be packing the joint to root for us. More likely you just will have a small, quiet, indifferent crowd.

 

I really hope this storm doesn't come. I'd MUCH MUCH MUCH rather go to school and have a 5 game homestand than sit home all day again and watch another of my home games be ruined.

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I don't like it by any means, but better that than an enemy crowd right?

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Exactly. Plus, where else would we have a good number of people supporting us?

 

Don't get me wrong, I want all the games here. I hate the fact we already lost one home game. But there isn't another stadium I'd rather have it.

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For the service you provided us White Sox fans last fall in knocking the Evil Empire out of the playoffs, we are forever in your debt. We certainly wish it were under better circumstances, but you would be more than welcome to play Montreal/San Juan at the Cell. If you play on the great South Side of Chicago on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week, I hope to make the Tuesday and Wednesday games.

 

Trust me, the White Sox fans who show up will support you 100%. One potential thing I am afraid of, however, is fans of the Evil Empire showing up to root for Montreal/San Juan. That could spark fisticuffs between White Sox fans and fans of the Evil Empire.

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Trust me, the White Sox fans who show up will support you 100%. One potential thing I am afraid of, however, is fans of the Evil Empire showing up to root for Montreal/San Juan. That could spark fisticuffs between White Sox fans and fans of the Evil Empire.

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Especially Wednesday since the Cubs are playing during the day. I'm sure the drunken fratboys would make a "double-header" out of it. :mad :

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Know that if the Marlins decide to play their series against the Expos at the Cell, I too will be at two of the three games rooting on the Fighting Fish. I thankfully was able to send back my tickets from last Saturday in exchange for the last home game of the year vs. the Phillies (soonest I can get back out there), so this would give me a chance to cheer them on again. I've been to series at Milwaukee and St. Louis this year, but can't find any tickets for the series this weekend at Wrigley. Know that Sox fans will be there in full force cheering on the Marlins, but I too fear that Flub fans will make their way to the South Side where trouble is bound to ensue. Trust me, the last thing I need to see in our park is more Cub fans.... Anyway, the bigger issue is the hurricane and the safety of the state... I only pray that the storm passes west and leave the Sunshine State alone.

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