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San Francisco Giants fans prep for World Series

San Francisco Giants fans prep for World Series

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) San Francisco Giants fans walked in a daze Tuesday morning near the team's soggy waterfront ballpark, still not quite believing that just hours earlier their rain-soaked squad had clinched the National League pennant.

As dozens flocked to the team's merchandise store, snatching up sundry items and celebrating the Giants' unlikely comeback victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, the reality began to set in.

Jack McKenna, a lifelong Giants fan, and his newlywed wife, a Tigers fan, were in town from Florida on their honeymoon, and planned to buy tickets.

When they planned to spend their honeymoon in San Francisco, neither thought it include a World Series game.

``The timing was just great,'' Jack McKenna said, clutching his newly purchased gear.

His wife, Sharon, still wasn't sure if she'd loudly root for Detroit if the couple managed to score seats to one of the first two games.

``That's not a good way to start a marriage,'' she said with a chuckle.

The cheapest tickets on Stubhub.com to Wednesday's first game of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers were already $382 for the nosebleeds; thousands of dollars were being asked for premium field-level perches.

Ticket sales were brisk for the Fall Classic, yet reaction on the street was still one of Giants' fans coming to grips with the dramatic come-from-behind win.

``Being underdogs in the last two series against Cincinnati and then coming back against them ... and then having our backs against the wall (against St. Louis) and coming back and winning it. Nobody figured it, it was great,'' said Don Brenes, 61, of San Francisco.

Some fans admitted they were not making plans for the World Series, and had doubted their team would pull off wins in a record-tying six elimination games against the Reds and Cardinals needed to make it.

That has led to a scramble throughout the Bay Area to reschedule plans for Wednesday night. Bars are preparing for crowds and parties are being planned for at least four more games in the Giants season.

``Numerous times I thought it was over. It looked so bleak,'' said Kay Cockerill, standing in line at the ballpark store with shirts and socks. ``But the momentum can change, and it just flips around and the confidence just multiplies.''

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

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Manny Machado trade rumors are dominating headlines at All-Star Game

Manny Machado could very well be playing in his final game in an Orioles uniform Tuesday night when he takes the field for the 89th Midsummer Classic at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Dodgers are now in the driver's seat as a favorite to land the All-Star shortstop. 

Machado, 26, insists he knows nothing about said speculation and made it clear that the rumors did not detract from his enjoyment of being an All-Star Tuesday night.

Machado is signed through the end of the season, but the Orioles intend to deal him before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

For the latest news and conversation surrounding Machado's status and the Orioles, follow along on Twitter

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All-Star Game Weather: Storms causing traffic havoc, could force delay, postponement

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All-Star Game Weather: Storms causing traffic havoc, could force delay, postponement

There is inclement weather in the forecast for Tuesday evening both before and during the 2018 All-Star Game in Washington, D.C.

The rain could, theoretically, force the game to be delayed or even postponed, but the forecast shows the skies clearing up as first pitch nears.

Bad weather and MLB All-Star Games share a history in Washington.

The last time Washington hosted the MLB All-Star Game, in 1969, a bad rainstorm forced the game to be postponed from Tuesday night to Wednesday afternoon.

Even if the weather does let up and the game is able to start on time, there are sure to be problems with D.C.'s already-dense traffic. Roads are flooding and with more people on them than usual, getting to the game will surely be an issue.

All-Star Game Forecast

The worst of the weather seems to have already happened on Tuesday afternoon. The rest of the evening forecast calls for a slight chance of precipitation, with mostly cloudy skies and, naturally, a lot of humidity.

The issue, if there is any, would likely be with the All-Star Game getting started on time. That said, there's obviously still the chance for delays during the game.

Luckily, a full postponement seems unlikely at this point.

All-Star Game Traffic

There's hardly a worse place to drive in the United States during rush hour than in, around or through Washington. With the All-Star Game in town, there are already significantly more cars on the road than there usually are. Add rain and flooded roads into that equation and things get extra messy.

The George Washington Parkway, a main thoroughfare in the area, has already flooded.

One road in Alexandria, Virginia, is flooded and has cars scattered about.

Public transportation would seem to be the way to go, but even the Capitol South Metro Station in Southeast D.C. is flooding.


A brief history of weather and the All-Star Game

The first and only time the MLB All-Star Game was ever postponed because of rain was in 1969, the last time Washington was the host.

Three other times, the game has either been shortened or delayed because of rain, most recently in 1990 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. That game was delayed for over an hour but was still played.

All signs point to the game being played Tuesday night, but Nationals Park has definitely felt the wrath of this storm already.

On the bright side, if it's light enough when the game starts, there will probably be a rainbow somewhere in-view from the stadium, which should make for some pretty cool pictures for those in attendance.