The good news: JetBlue Park has identical dimensions to Fenway Park, including a Green Monster in left field.
The bad news: Just like Fenway, JetBlue has no roof.
And that was bad news indeed for Happy's Islanders on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida as rain postponed their afternoon game with the DC Mets.
"Five years coming here and not a drop of rain. Today (we're) rained out at JetBlue Park. Damn!" said Kevin Dobbelsteyn of the Islanders, who had all been looking forward to playing in the Boston Red Sox' brand new, 11,000-seat spring training facility in Fort Myers.
Organizers note the rain forced postponement of nine Tuesday games, adding a number of doubleheaders to the Wednesday schedule. All nine games plus two suspended games (in the ninth inning when rain stopped play) were added to the Wednesday lineup.
The additional games may have delayed getting Thursday’s schedule for both the Legends AAAA playoffs and the general pool play completed.
The Islanders were originally scheduled to play at JetBlue on Wednesday afternoon against the Nova Scotia Monarchs. However, their Wednesday games were moved to the Player Development Complex, where they lost 8-4 to the Mets in the morning then mercy'd the Monarchs 14-2 in the afternoon. "Sunny and cooler now (72 degrees F). We will find out tomorrow's opponent later this evening," Dobbelsteyn told the Record on Wednesday afternoon.
After two days of pool play, the Islanders are 3-1 in the Legends (55-plus) division. They won their opener Sunday 22-4 over Rhode Island Indians and edged Carolina Rockies 7-6 on Monday.
For updates, check www.royhobbs.com.world-series.