This afternoon's heavy rain showers in the Boston area haven't yet caused the Red Sox to delay or postpone tonight's game against the Yankees, but they have already called off a main reason fans would want to be in attendance.
The ceremony for the retirement of Johnny Pesky’s No. 6, scheduled for this evening, has been moved to Sunday, Sept 28. It will take place at approximately 1:15 p.m. prior to the Sox-Yankees game at 1:35 p.m., according to a release from the Red Sox.
According to the Red Sox, their private weather service, Meteorlogix, calls for the possibility of a break in the rain during the late afternoon hours near Fenway Park, so they remain hopeful of playing the game.
The Fenway gates will open at the regularly scheduled time of 5:05 p.m., and the Red Sox still intend to start the game at 7:05, though they warn ticket holders that there is a chance the start of the game will be delayed.
Here is the National Weather Service forecast for this evening:
Tonight: Rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 10 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Patchy fog. Low around 60. East wind between 10 and 14 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100 percent. New rainfall amounts between one and two inches possible.
We'll post further updates on the status of the game and any forecast changes as soon as we have them.