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Don't tell me not to live or that it will rain on Dodgers' home opener

April 12, 2010 | 11:35 am
As Barbra Streisand sang, it’s not nice to rain on parades or home openers. It was the deleted lyric.

Rainouts and Dodger Stadium have enjoyed a remarkably infrequent relationship. Showers at Dodger Stadium were essentially banned by the baseball gods when Walter O’Malley placed that first shovel into Chavez Ravine.

It was less a deal with the devil than excellent geography.

Monday’s rain, however, may have given some concern that Tuesday’s home opener could be some kind of historic rainout.

Two notes on that one: 1) It’s not scheduled to rain Tuesday; and 2) There’s already been a home opener rained out at Dodger Stadium.

It’s true, it happened April 12, 1976, against the Padres.

There have only been 17 rainouts in Dodger Stadium history (nine coming in April). Not that it means anything, but that 1976 Dodgers team won 92 games -- and finished 10 back of the Reds.

The Dodgers have played 807 consecutive games since their last rainout at Dodger Stadium. They’ve also played two consecutive games without blowing a lead, but that’s another story.

-- Steve Dilbeck
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