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Rain Delay At Nats Park

For the moment, the Jordan Zimmermann unveiling will have to wait. We're in an official rain delay; the tarp is on the field. There is no word on when -- or whether -- this game will start. Right now, the scoreboard in center says, "The start of tonight's game will be delayed as we await the passing of an approaching rain cell."

By Chico Harlan  |  April 20, 2009; 7:14 PM ET
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The delay will be about an hour and a half; the rain cell looks like it's going to start hitting the stadium around 7:30 and be done by 8:15, and then they have to dry things for a little while.

Posted by: jonb5 | April 20, 2009 7:20 PM | Report abuse

So 2000 people will see Zimmermann's debut.

Posted by: kevinx | April 20, 2009 7:32 PM | Report abuse

This is what I mean by the Lerners having a shotgun where their sense of public relations and fan goodwill is concerned. The karma the team gained by signing the FotF to his longterm deal is being negated by not postponing tonight's game so that more fans would come out to see Z-nn's debut. The teams are both off on Thursday with the Nats in New York on Friday and the braves heading to Bowdenville, er, Cincinnati. It's probably costing the Lerners more to have the park open tonight rather than taking a mulligan. As a further goodwill gesture to the fans, everybody who bought a ticket tonight should be the Lerners' free guest tomorrow. But, that just seems too much like right....

Posted by: leetee1955 | April 20, 2009 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Pitching. Pitching. Pitching.

Posted by: jbartelloni | April 20, 2009 8:03 PM | Report abuse

It's my understanding the team has nothing to do with calling games. That's all on the umps.

Posted by: NatsNut | April 20, 2009 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The team makes the decision to start the game. Once it starts, then it is in the hands of the umpires.

Posted by: kevinx | April 20, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

It is unconscionable that this game wasn't called at 3:00 or 4:00 this afternoon. I hope that the overpriced Ben's Half Smokes (which are undeniably the best meal in town -- but only on U Street) have made it profitable for these heartless brigands.

Posted by: ddurkin | April 20, 2009 8:46 PM | Report abuse

you know, for day with no game, Chico is newposting pretty good...

Posted by: CEvansJr | April 20, 2009 8:47 PM | Report abuse

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