By Joel Alderman
As most college baseball fans here probably know, Yale and Princeton are scheduled for a best of three Ivy League Baseball Championship series this weekend. But what most of them do not know is that there will be only one game on Saturday, not two.
Because of the threat of rain delays on Saturday, there has been a late change. The originally scheduled doubleheader has been scratched and only game #1 will now be played the first day, starting at 12-noon.
Game #2 is rescheduled for the same hour on Sunday. If the Bulldogs and Tigers split the two games, the deciding contest will follow, making it a doubleheader.
Meanwhile, politics will take a break from the Republican presidential nomination campaign as it affects the Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. That’s because the Princeton catcher is also named Christie. In fact, he is the governor’s son, Andrew.
While Andrew is behind the plate, President Barack Obama will be delivering a commencement address at nearby Rutgers University. Since Rutgers is a state university, it would be almost mandatory for the Governor to be there, even though he and Obama are in different parties. The Governor is a former candidate and now a member of Donald Trump’s team.
But as far back as a month ago, when Princeton was likely heading toward the Gehrig Division title, the Governor said he would not be at the Rutgers commencement if the Tigers were playing that day. And, weather permitting, that’s what they will be doing, facing Yale, the winner of the Rolfe Division.
Instead of Gov. Christie, the Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, will represent the state at the event, which will take place at Rutgers’ High Point Solutions Stadium.
At the same time, the New Jersey Governor will be at another sports stadium, Clarke Field, the baseball diamond on the Princeton campus, rooting for Princeton and his son, Andrew.
Parents go to many extremes to watch their sons and daughters compete in sports. This time, the extremes affect an entire state. Yale is hoping the New Jersey Governor is making the wrong choice.