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Should a World Series game get rained out, here is what you need to know about tickets

Kansas City Royals grounds crew members pulled the tarp over the field in the second inning between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros during Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 8.
Kansas City Royals grounds crew members pulled the tarp over the field in the second inning between the Kansas City Royals and the Houston Astros during Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 8. deulitt@kcstar.com

Into each life a little rain must fall.

But if you’re a Royals fan with tickets to Game 1 of the World Series against the Mets, does it really have to rain on Tuesday night?

The most recent forecasts say there is a chance of rain when Game 1 is supposed to start. Should the game be rained out, here’s what you need to know if you have tickets to Game 1 or Game 2:

A ticket to Game 1 of the World Series has “Game 1” or “Home Game 1” printed on it. If Tuesday’s game is rained out, Game 1 would be played Wednesday and fans would use the ticket that has “Game 1” or “Home Game 1” printed on it.

So if you have a ticket for Game 2, which is scheduled for Wednesday, it would be pushed to Thursday, which is scheduled as a travel day. To get into a game on Thursday (and remember, this is only if Game 1 is rained out on Tuesday), then you would use a ticket that has “Game 2” or “Home Game 2” printed on it.

Also, if Game 1 is rained out and you have a ticket that says “Game 2” or “Home Game 2,” you won’t be able to use that ticket on Wednesday. It would be good on Thursday.

At a news conference Monday at Kauffman Stadium, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said he is aware that rain could be an issue. He will monitor the situation.

“Well, let me say this, I think that I would be reluctant to begin a game or — even more reluctant to begin the warmup process if I didn’t think we could play a substantial portion of that game,” Manfred said.

“I am not a believer, and I think you saw it with the forecast in Chicago in the game we played here on Friday night, if you get to 8:00 and it’s time for everybody to get ready to go at 8:00 and you don’t have rain, I think you have to play. I am a believer in that.

“By the same token, I think we know enough about the forecast that we’re not going to get in a situation that we start at 8:07 and get rained out at 8:12 and burn two starting pitchers.”

Hopefully, it won’t rain at all and the games will be played as scheduled.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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