Colum­nist calls Rogers Cen­tre weather woes ‘karma’ af­ter Jays’ boast­ing tweets

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A Kansas City sports­writer con­sid­ers it karma that Mon­day night’s game be­tween the Toronto Blue Jays and vis­it­ing Roy­als was post­poned af­ter nasty weather dam­aged the roof at Rogers Cen­tre.

Colum­nist Pete Grathoff noted on the Kansas City Star’s web­site that the pos­si­bil­ity of a rare post­pone­ment at the domed sta­dium came hours af­ter a “smug” post on the Blue Jays’ of­fi­cial Twit­ter feed boasted the Rogers Cen­tre was im­per­vi­ous to the in­clement weather that has been caus­ing chaos through­out the league.

“Weather up­date: Due to our sta­dium hav­ing a roof, today’s game will be ... Played as ex­pected,” the since deleted tweet read, punc­tu­ated by a wink­ing emoti­con.

“Per­haps this po­ten­tial post­pone­ment is karma, be­cause the Blue Jays have done a lot of brag­ging about hav­ing a roof, par­tic­u­larly af­ter hav­ing games post­poned in Cleve­land,” Grathoff wrote a cou­ple of hours be­fore the team con­firmed that

Mon­day’s game was a no-go.

The Blue Jays were sched­uled to play a week­end se­ries at Cleve­land’s Pro­gres­sive Field, but the Satur­day and Sun­day games were resched­uled due to rain.

The Jays’ ac­count sent out a few tweets over the course of the week­end, tak­ing mild jabs at the sit­u­a­tion in Cleve­land in the be­lief that post­pone­ments couldn’t hap­pen in Toronto, where the week­end weather - a mess of snow and freez­ing rain - was much worse.

But chunks ice fall­ing from the CN Tower dam­aged the roof and al­lowed wa­ter to seep into the sta­dium. Work­ers toiled to

close the roof and the team laid out a tarp to cover the af­fected ar­eas of the field, but the Jays called off the game about 90 min­utes be­fore the sched­uled first pitch.

Many on so­cial me­dia, in­cluded some Toronto fans, sided with Grathoff, say­ing the Jays may have jinxed Mon­day’s game by boast­ing about their sta­dium that proved to be not as weather-proof as thought.

The Jays and Roy­als will play a dou­ble-header Tues­day at Rogers Cen­tre.

In­ci­den­tally, the Roy­als were the op­po­si­tion the last time a game was post­poned at Rogers Cen­tre, back on April, 2001.


A man walks by the Rogers Cen­tre as re­ports of fall­ing ice from the CN Tower sparked a clo­sure of parts of the area of Toronto on Mon­day.


Work­ers ex­am­ine a hole in top of the Rogers Cen­tre as the area around the CN Tower was closed off due to re­ports of fall­ing ice Mon­day in Toronto.

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