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South Florida weather, especially those late-afternoon storms, can be unpredictable -- even for meteorologists. For amateurs? Forget about it.

All of this brings us to Opening Day between the Atlanta Braves and host Miami Marlins, holding just their third season-opener game at Marlins Park. You know, the stadium with the retractable roof meant to stave off the rain delays that marred play at the Marlins' old home for so many years?

Well ...

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Yes, one of South Florida's signature downpours caught these residents off-guard, and the roof could not be closed in time to stop rain from soaking the field. And another thing:

Not great. Still, the roof on the $515 million (and quite controversial) stadium -- which takes 13 minutes to open and close -- eventually did its job, ending the ballpark's first-ever rain delay.

Even better, though, is the explanation as to why the Marlins weren't able to foresee this weather. Via Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald, who was there as Marlins president David Samson talked to reporters (the "Loria" referenced is owner Jeffrey Loria; read more of Samson's explanation here):

Apps, man. Great for productivity. Not so great for self-taught Doppler radar reading.

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Bud Selig's 17-year run as Major League Baseball commissioner ends officially Jan. 25. Where does he rank among the league's nine all-time head men? Click below to set your list!

All-Time MLB Commissioners

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

Kenesaw Mountain Landis

1921-44

Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler

1945-51

Ford Frick

Ford Frick

1951-65

Spike Eckert

Spike Eckert

1965-68

Bowie Kuhn

Bowie Kuhn

1969-84

Peter Ueberroth

Peter Ueberroth

1984-88

Bart Giamatti

Bart Giamatti

1989

Fay Vincent

Fay Vincent

1989-92

Bud Selig

Bud Selig

1992-2014

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Royals or Giants in World Series?

The World Series starts Tuesday night in Kansas City. The Royals are aiming for their first title since 1985. The San Francisco Giants, meanwhile, are looking for their third championship in five years. Which team will win?

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  • Which team are you rooting for to win the World Series?

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  • Has your favorite sports team won a championship in your lifetime?

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"Ask and ye shall receive." At least that's the motto that should be associated with Royals rookie pitcher Brandon Finnegan, who's clearly already a pro at fan relations.

When fan Nicholas Knapple hit Finnegan up on Twitter for tickets to Wednesday's American League Championship Series game against the Orioles, he got a reply -- two tickets for him and girlfriend.

It gets even better for Knapple. When he offered to take Finnegan out for some famous KC-style barbecue as a thank-you, Finnegan duly agreed to that too.

We're guessing Knapple might be tweeting the whole roster if the Royals go all the way to the World Series.

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