NEW YORK The Yankees and Blue Jays did not get to begin their showdown series for the American League East lead on Thursday night for the oldest reason that baseball games do not get played: rain.The four-game series now will be contested over three days, with a doubleheader on Saturday. That marginally benefits the Blue Jays, who lead the division by a game and a half, because doubleheaders historically tend to be split, including nine out of 16 this year. For Cleveland Indians Alternate Jerseys that bit of a disadvantage, the Yankees have no one to blame but themselves.MORE: Every MLB franchise's worst team of the past 30 years| Justin Timberlake, Jimmy Fallon dance to Beyonce at U.S. OpenConstructed at a cost of $2.3 billion, The House That Ruth Didnt Build does not feature a retractable roof. The result of that isgames can be rained out, impacting not only the pennant race, but the busine s of baseball.Playing a single-admi sion doubleheader on Saturday, the Yankees lose a day of gate receipts and conce Trevor Bauer Jersey sion sales. They also were left on Thursday with thousands of unhappy customers, fans who came to the Bronx hoping to see pennant-race baseball, but left with only the ability to redeem their unused tickets for a game sometime during the 2016 season.Here's the line of people in the rain looking to exchange tickets. Game was called an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/3ekvzpsqNv Je se Spector (@je sespector) September 10, 2015A Babe Ruth bobblehad giveaway was put off until next year, as Yankee Stadium staffers boxed up the trinkets that had been scheduled to be handed to fans as they entered the building.Major League Baseball has the ability to one day eradicate the scourge of rainouts, by mandating that all future stadia be built with retractable roofs. The Twins push toward this years playoffs underscores the potential for a nightmare scenario winter coming early to Minnesota, and an open-air stadium resulting in the October schedule becoming a me s.Its not like MLB does not know the damage weather can doto its bottom line. The lowest-rated game in World Series history remains Game 3 of the 2008 Fall Cla sic, when the Phillies and Rays could not start until after 10 p.m. Eastern, and did not finish until 1:47 a.m.So, while it would take decades for MLB to fully conquer its longtime nemesis from the sky, it makes sense,especially as the World Series now encroaches into November, when weather can really get rough. Its not just the playoffs, though other marquee events can be threatened by rain, as seen when this years Home Run Derby had to be shortened to make sure it ended before an impending storm, a choice that not only proved prescient, but helped make the contest better.The only good part of Thursday was that the Yankees and Blue Jays were able to look at the weather forecast and radar,Francisco Lindor Youth Navy Jersey and see that there was no realistic chance of getting a game in. That scenario, especially with a Luis Severino-David Price pitching matchup, could have been disastrous.Your biggest concern is starting a game, and then losing your starter and ending up having to play a doubleheader, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Thats your biggest concern. The other concern would be you go out, start for a while, you play two or three innings, and then you have a long rain delay Carlos Carrasco Jersey , and cant bring your starter back. Then youve got to use your bullpen. Thats a concern, too.With the game called an hour and a half before it was scheduled to start, those concerns never materialized on Thursday. Even having the doubt of a rainy day, though, can me s with players routines.Theres times in your mind that you I dont want to say shut down but theres times where you think, OK, were not going to play, said Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle, whose team never has to deal with such things at home because of Canadas pioneering work in the field of rainproof baseball with the opening of SkyDome in 1989. You still have to be ready because weather can clear upand you never know what will happen.In this case, it was easy enough to tell what would happen, with a low-pre sure system parked off the Delaware coast and a cold front extending from Texas to Nova Scotia bringing thunderstorms to the Bronx all day and into the night. While the decision to eschew a roof may have been foolhardy, the decision to call the game was wise.Bang it, go homeand go eat dinner, instead of sitting around all day and having them have beer sales and everybody gets drunk, Buehrle said. Its better to cancel it earlier, and we all go home.Its up to MLB to foster a world in which bang it is Cleveland Indians Flex Base Custom Navy Jersey a term our grandchildren do not have to hear.