Originally Posted by doublem23
I believe before 1st pitch it is up to the home team. After it is at the discretion of the umpires.
That is correct, unless the visiting team will not be coming back at the end of the year. Then, is up to the umps and MLB. If the Sox were playing a team that wasn't coming back again, they would've had no choice but to play tonight. Since Minnesota is a division team, it's not an issue.
I was at a game on Friday night against the Twins a few year ago. The wind chill was like 18 or something. By the fourth inning, we went to the bullpen bar. By the 6th, we left. The Sox were getting killed anyway.
And of course, we went to the next game. It was about 30 degrees, but it was at least sunny and no wind. The Sox won like 8-0. We stayed for the whole game. There were probably less than 5k still around by the end. Getting out of the parking lot was a breeze. That is the only game I stayed until the end where this was the case...