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Posted at 8:00 AM ET, 06/ 4/2009

NatCast: Another Dose of Rain for Doubleheader

By Josh Larson

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Nationals vs. Giants
Thursday June 4, 4:35 p.m. (2nd game to follow), Nationals Park
Game 1Game 2WeatherChance of Rain
Mid-60sLow 60sRainy & cool90%
There's a chance rain will be light and intermittent enough to at least get game 1 underway. But still, Randy Johnson's bid to win his 300th career game may be disrupted, just like last night, as rain could become moderate at times toward evening. Temperatures? Only in the 60s. Yuck.

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Updated: Thursday June 4 @ 3:55 p.m.

By Josh Larson  | June 4, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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If any more proof is needed that the Nationals are run by a bunch of idiots witness the travesty that was played out last night.

As of 6:30 pm I could have told them that the game would never be played. Not only was a large thunderstorm parked over the southern part of the District but another large batch of storms was running west to east on a line that would take it right over the stadium area and remain for several hours. Yet these goofs kept those fans in their seats for almost four hours.

My question is does Nationals stadium have Internet access? Does anyone connected with the team have the ability to access a weather radar site? I will gladly volunteer to monitor the site for them and give them a professional opinion on approaching rain, etc.

I also see that Pittsburgh called off their game shortly after game time due to their reading of the expected rain.

Posted by: MKadyman | June 4, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I am not sure how knowledgable you are about baseball MKadyman but last night was a possible historic moment in baseball for the pitcher for the Giants, Randy Johnson, going for his 300th career win. This is an exceptionally rare accomplishment and the Nationals likely held off on postponing the game until there was no hope for it being played.

To answer your question yes every major league ballpark has a sophisticated weather radar system. The Nationals have to consult with the opposing team, the umpires, and Major League Baseball before calling a game.

So you are being a bit unfair to the franchise here.

Posted by: vahh8 | June 4, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

vahh8 summed it up well but also forgot to mention that this week is the only time this season the San Francisco Giants will visit DC and that the teams have no mutual open dates during the rest of the season; at least one of the teams is already scheduled to play on every day through the end of September, making a makeup date extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to choose. By the way, I was at the ballpark last night until after 10:30pm, leaving slightly before the official "game's called" announcement when the teams equipment began to be removed from the dugouts was an obvious sign that no baseball would be played. I don't have the same "bunch of idiots" opinion as the first poster. Just the opposite. If I'd been making the decision last night my course of action would have been very similar to what the Nationals front office did.

Posted by: greggwiggins | June 4, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

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