Or, how to plan your trip to the game.
With the new webcam at the park, things have gotten a bit easier.
The key variables are: driving time and tarp-removal-to-play time.
In my case it takes me about 30 minutes to get to the DBAP.
In general, the time from when they start taking the tarp off until play starts/resumes is about 30 minutes.
So, on a rainy day just fire up the webcam and see if the tarp is on the field. In my case I can wait until I see them start pulling the tarp. If all goes well, I’ll be there in time for the first pitch or a few minutes after.
For example, at this moment (10:15 on a gloomy Wednesday when a 1:00 PM game is scheduled) the tarp has been pulled, but coverings remain on the mound and home plate areas. So it looks like we’re good to go.
One downside of that new webcam: You can zoom right down individual seats. So if you told someone you’re off to a Bulls game, and s/he knows where you usually sit, I’d suggest actually going to the game and waving in the direction of the camera from time to time.