A Fun Night Despite a Canceled Game

Rachel Gibson

I was at the ballpark with my friends last night, and we waited there the entire two plus hours before the game was canceled. Believe it or not, we had a pretty good time.


Even on a second try, the stadium staff didn't fix all the grammatical mistakes in their message to fans about the rain delay. (Photo by Rachel Gibson)

Actually, one of my goals this year was to be at at a game with a rain delay, because it seemed as if it would be a fun experience. Only the die-hards stick around, and when the game resumes, the crowd is smaller and more intimate. Be careful what you wish for, I guess; the game never even started.

A couple of observations:

Nobody, I mean NOBODY, was permitted in the seating area. I suspect the stadium staff wasn't allowing it for safety's sake, but that meant we became tired of standing pretty quickly. The solution: everyone just plopped down where they were on the concourse. It was hilarious to see all the small groups sitting in circles on the concrete along the concourses.

The humidity and rain made the popcorn and nachos ridiculously stale. I mean AWFUL. Ordinarily, we'd have taken them back. But in this atmosphere, it was more relaxed, and we just continued eating them, cracking stupid jokes about them. (Sample joke: "My gum has more crunch than these nachos.")

I didn't really hear a lot of grousing, which is probably why it was festive. I suppose the complainers just left or didn't even show up. If you stayed there that long, it was your own damn fault. So, how can you complain?

True, they weren't very forthcoming with helpful information, but a couple of times they looked out for us. At least twice the skies looked to be clearing up, and we'd get an announcement to please seek shelter under the mezzanine. Sure enough, a few minutes later, another nasty storm surge would hit us; so they clearly knew it was coming and gave us a heads up.

This message, posted for all to see on one of the large screens in the stadium, was a gem: "Thank you for sticking with us. The current weather system be passing soon. Thank you for your patients." But they quickly corrected that misinformation. (I took the picture above seconds after they fixed one part of the screen message but before someone fixed the spelling of patience.)

The biggest disappointment: They announced the postponement right after we ordered a yummy cocktail. Then, five minutes later the skies cleared up.

I did see it published that we're allowed to transfer last night's ticket to another game in the season (if available), so that's great if you weren't able to make today's afternoon game. I haven't called yet to do so, but I'm curious if anyone's tried yet and if so, how easy it was. Let us know.

By Rachel Gibson  |  June 5, 2008; 8:19 PM ET  | Category:  Food , Rachel Gibson , Stadium Staff
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The ticket exchange policy is required by Major League Baseball. You paid for a service and didn't get it, so therefore you are allowed an exchange. This happens at every park where a cancellation/postponement occurs. Just remember to bring your ticket stub with you for the exchange or if you have an e-ticket, there should be a number on the ticket (hope you saved the e-mail) that will allow them to look it up in the system.

Posted by: Jarrod | June 6, 2008 9:10 AM

"Thank you for sticking with us. The current weather system be passing soon. Thank you for your patients."

Is this what it really said on the screen, or did you add the spelling and grammar errors yourself?

(In case you don't know what I'm getting at:

patience, not patients
will be passing soon)

Posted by: Section 419+1 | June 6, 2008 11:50 AM

Oops - never mind. I didn't see the photo the first time I read your post! That's pretty bad on the part of whover programs that screen.

Posted by: Section 419+1 | June 6, 2008 11:52 AM

And of course, not being able to spell whoever is pretty bad on the part of me...

Posted by: Section 419+1 | June 6, 2008 11:54 AM

Maybe a hospital or medical center brought some customers? A medical helicopter made an emergency landing on the field?


OK, the stadium is run by idiots is a more likely scenario.

Posted by: Kim | June 6, 2008 3:04 PM

I too was at that game and have a ticket that was never used for the day game (SOME of us have to work) so I am hoping they will honor it for another day and time, but when we tried to leave after the 2nd storm they told us since our ticket had been scanned we couldn't trade it in unless it was cancelled all together, I'm sorry but I can't stay up until 11pm to watch the first pitch, I have not had good luck with the nationals ticket boothes lately...hopefully the can correct the nacho's THEN add alittle more pleasant personality to their ticket people...I WANT RFK BACK!!!

Posted by: pat | June 6, 2008 3:58 PM

Tickets for the game that was rained out are good to be exchanged for any other game this season -- whether you actually went to the stadium or not. So it doesnt' matter if it was canceled, scanned, or whatever. You can exchange the "rain checks" in advance for a future game, or just show up at the ticket window the day of the game you want to see.

Posted by: Section 222 | June 6, 2008 6:01 PM

Excellent. Thanks 222, that's a relief. I was going to exchange mine at the game today and (heh heh) was already rehearsing what I'd say to them if they didn't allow it.

Posted by: Rachel | June 7, 2008 6:56 AM

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