Sitting in the Rain

Ed Ramras

After "I'll respect you in the morning," tonight the biggest lie is, "We are monitoring the weather and will keep you updated as information becomes available."

Forty minutes of sitting in the rain and nothing has been told to the crowd at Nationals Park.

By Ed Ramras  |  June 3, 2008; 8:43 PM ET  | Category:  Ed Ramras
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Of course they've told you nothing...they need to sell $7.50 beers, dogs, fries, etc.

Posted by: Annandale Annie | June 3, 2008 8:57 PM

I'm jealous. Believe it or not I actually WANT to be at the ballpark for a rain delay sometime. Only the real die-hard fans stick around and then the game always seems more intimate when it resumes. At least that's my impression.

Posted by: Rachel Gibson | June 3, 2008 9:25 PM

Dear Ramras,
Duh. They'll let you know when last call is tho.

In their defense, weather forecasts are just that: predictions based on every bit of information they can get. But until it actually happens, it's just a forecast, not weather. And if it looks like the bad part will come over in 30 minutes and last 20 minutes, it's worth waiting. But if it slows down/speeds up...well, drink your beer while they're still selling. Nothing like last call in the top of the 2nd.

Posted by: NC2 | June 3, 2008 10:27 PM

After spending a long time in pro baseball, I can truly tell you that weather changes quickly, but very slowly at the same time. It's possible to have a rain delay that looks like it's going to stop raining in the next 10-15 minutes, only to last three hours (Phillies last season anyone???).

There really isn't anything they can say. I announced a game that had a rain delay last night, tarp on the field and all. I was looked to by the home team, facility manager and the umpire as the person to make the call on everything. I've been around pro baseball and softball and have gone through hundreds of rain delays (and thousands of tarp pulls). Having grown up in this area, I know the weather well and what to look for on the radar. Problem is, not a lot of other people do, even long timers. They just chalk it up to "DC Weather".

If you're not sure, call someone who is near a TV and have them tell you if it's all green or if it's scattered, help you make up your own mind.

Otherwise, enjoy the rain and come up with your own games to play in the seats. Heck, if you're at one of my games, it's possible that we're going to have dance contests, trivia questions and more.

In St. Petersburg, more people would come to the games if they thought there would be a rain delay rather than a nice night to watch the game. We had people in the stands cheer when the tarp was being rolled out because that's when the fun started! One big party in the rain!

Posted by: Jarrod | June 4, 2008 10:43 AM

After the rain delay(s) did they let you move down to the lower deck and closer to the field, as was allowed at RFK?

Or did the ushers stick to their strict enforcement policy?

Posted by: Tom Brooke | June 4, 2008 11:31 AM

I would have been very happy if they posted the weather radar from one of the local TV stations and let us draw our own conclusions rather than replaying the same rehash of the 2007 MLB season with sound you couldn't hear above the thunder.

By the way, I don't know if it was because of the rain, but parts of the scoreboard are beginning to fail. Two letters of the big red "NATIONALS" are out, one of the "A"s of "NATIONALS PARL" was dark, and some of the neon of the clock was out. (Good thing you can't read the darn clock in the dark anyway until they get the bat-hands lit.)

Posted by: Ed | June 4, 2008 4:26 PM

Make that "PARK"

Posted by: Ed | June 4, 2008 4:27 PM

Once again, all that technology for the video board and they don't use it when it might do some good. Putting up the weather radar, just in one corner of the board during a rain delay, or every few minutes, would seem a no-brainer.

And they can get it from right here at

Posted by: Meridian | June 4, 2008 4:51 PM

But if you sat at home, you'd be treated to a still picture on MASN HD. C'mon folks fill the time....

Posted by: Kim | June 4, 2008 8:56 PM

I remember the Baltimore Orioles doing something like the weather radar a few years back. There was a monster storm coming through Baltimore and I remember them showing the radar on the video board with, "If you're in the seats and under cover, stay there!" or something like that on the bottom. Basically, telling fans it's going to be bad but the best place to be is in the stadium. Once the rain let up, there was a mention of them trying to play the game, but the worst part of the storm was over.

Posted by: Jarrod | June 5, 2008 1:22 PM

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