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Watch: Strong winds and heavy rain buffeted WBZ’s Levan Reid during his live report from Fenway Park

“My mask is blowing off, I had to fix my umbrella, I was using paper scripts, which are now just called soggy pieces of paper.”

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Reporting from Fenway Park early Thursday morning, WBZ’s Levan Reid told viewers the weather was perfect for Opening Day — if you have webbed feet and feathers. 

“This is weather for ducks,” the sports reporter said as he stood in the heavy rainfall, pointing to three actual ducks who were making themselves comfortable in the puddles of water collecting on the tarp-covered field below him. 

The weather forecast prompted the Red Sox to reschedule their season opener against the Baltimore Orioles to Friday at 2:10 p.m. 

“The decision to postpone our first game of the season was not made lightly,” Sam Kennedy, Red Sox president and CEO, said in a statement just after 8 a.m. on Thursday. “The built-in off day was created for just this purpose and tomorrow’s forecast for sunshine also factored into our decision. We have been eager to have fans back at Fenway Park for the first time in 18 months and look forward to welcoming everyone back tomorrow under brighter and drier conditions.”

Sure enough, before long, the weather Thursday morning became too much for even the webbed visitors at the ballpark. 

Giving a live update just before 6:30 a.m., Reid struggled to handle sopping wet scripts in the drenching rain and hold onto his umbrella as high winds buffeted him during his spot. 

“You want to hear something funny?” the reporter said. “The ducks left because the wind picked up and then you guys come to me live and you can see what’s happening now. I’m barely holding onto this umbrella, like Mary Poppins. Let’s just get right to the video of the new faces the Red Sox are going to have.”

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The Opening Day was different from what he expected, Reid joked with the station’s anchors. 

“My mask is blowing off, I had to fix my umbrella, I was using paper scripts, which are now just called soggy pieces of paper,” he said. “All the photographers are here from every station, I praise them. And at the same time, there needs to be a covering.”

When asked if he regretted coming in to work that day, the reporter joked he was going to have to kick one of the station’s meteorologists, Zack Green, in the shin when he got back to the newsroom. 

“Because he’s the weather guy, and I feel like he’s in charge of all of this, he gets the kick,” Reid said, laughing. 

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