DETROIT -- It's late October in Michigan, so it's not surprising that cold could be a factor when Game 3 of the World Series gets under way Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET air time on FOX, 8:07 p.m. first pitch) at Comerica Park. According to forecasts, the temperature at first pitch should be 43 degrees with a wind chill of 38.
"We have heaters in the dugouts for both teams. Ours is going to be a little warmer than theirs, but that's all right. We're not going to tell them that," manager Jim Leyland joked. "You know what? It's cold, but, I mean, this is the World Series. It's cold for everybody. It's cold for the fans, the beer is cold, everything is cold. It's great. Enjoy it."
For what it's worth, Leyland was wearing shorts during Friday's workout.
Catcher Alex Avila doesn't think low temperatures should be an issue.
"Playing in cold weather, I don't think any baseball player is a stranger to it," he said. "More than half the teams have to play in cold weather at the beginning of the season, and, obviously, in the postseason. Unless you're in a dome, it's going to be somewhat cold. That's just the way it is. You can't control the weather.
"Sometimes it can be difficult for a pitcher to have a grip on the ball on certain pitches, but again, it's just something that I've got to deal with."
Said Game 3 starter Anibal Sanchez: "When the nine players are on the field, I'm pretty sure nobody feels anything, especially the pitcher. [Pitchers] think too much, think about what pitch you have to make, what you have to do. The weather doesn't bother us too much. On the field, nobody's going to think too much about the weather."