© 2008 MLB Advanced Media, L.P. All rights reserved.

03/25/08 1:40 PM ET

Rain may factor into Tribe's opener

Cold weather expected as Indians host White Sox on Monday

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- The not-so-Floridian temperature was in the mid-40s when the Indians stepped out of the clubhouse for workouts on Tuesday morning.

The Tribe had better get used to it.

The most recent Weather.com report for Monday's regular-season opener against the White Sox at Progressive Field calls for a high of 47 degrees, a low of 38 and a 60 percent chance of showers.

Play ball?

"I guess global warming hasn't hit Cleveland yet," Indians general manager Mark Shapiro joked. "It's not going to be sunny and 70 when we get back there. It's a matter of whether there's precipitation or not. We're going to play if it's cold."

Everybody knows the story of last year's aborted attempt at a home opener. That April 6 game against the Mariners was called one out shy of becoming official because of a blizzard at the ballpark, and an entire four-game series was snowed out.

The Indians had to make up the games against the Mariners on off-days throughout the season and had to play one of them as part of a doubleheader at Safeco Field. Three other home games against the Angels were played in Milwaukee, of all places.

Spring Training
News and features:
• Lee on making rotation  400K
• Hafner on Opening Day  400K
• Shapiro on deciding roster  400K
• Sabathia on Opening Day start  400K
• Shapiro: Good spring for Indians  400K
Spring Training info:
MLB.com coverage  |  Schedule  |  Ballpark  |  Tickets

But last year's weather disaster didn't prevent the Indians from taking the opportunity to open this season at home for the first time since 2001. Last April 2, when the Indians opened the season in Chicago on a cold and snowy day, it was sunny with a high of 72 degrees.

It obviously won't be that pleasant on Monday.

"My thought is, 'Hey, we can play in it,'" Shapiro said. "We've played in everything. We played in snow, we played home games on the road. If our opponent wants to complain about it, that's good with us, because our guys can play in anything."

Here's hoping they play at all.

Anthony Castrovince is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.