More On The Rainout
The Washington Nationals kept waiting for a window, a clear patch that would allow for baseball. The guesswork kept everybody dancing. Groundskeepers covered the infield with a tarp, then removed it, then again unfurled it. Washington team officials announced a 1:35 p.m. start time, then a 2 p.m. start time, then an undetermined start time.
The start time never came. After waiting for 1:54, today's game between the Nationals and Cardinals was rained out, with no immediate makeup date announced. For now, the Nationals will bump back every pitcher's next start; thus, John Lannan, who was supposed to pitch against the Cardinals today, will now start tomorrow's series-opener against Houston.
"Well, around 1:15 p.m. they told me that we were ready to go at 2," Lannan said. "So I rushed to get ready, and then I got ready and I was ready to go and they go, 'No, we're gonna wait another 40 minutes.' So then I was sitting around, and that was the tough part. But I was just preparing to start whenever."
In the coming days, a contingency plan that involves more than the pitching staff might be necessary. Rain is predicted to fall for much of the next two days. The Astros visit for a two-game series, their only visit to Washington this year. If tomorrow's game (scheduled for 7:05 p.m.) is rained out, the Nationals will likely be forced into a doubleheader on Tuesday. Which is fine, except the team plans to fly out that night to Los Angeles, because it starts a two-game series against the Dodgers on Wednesday.
Either way, the Nationals must find a way to make up the game with St. Louis -- another team not scheduled to reappear in Washington this year. The teams have several common off dates, but none appears ideal because of the respective travel.
For Nats fans who had tickets for today's game, here is the info, passed along from the team:
Season ticket holders and mini-plan holders for today's postponed contest should retain their ticket and parking passes until notified regarding the rescheduling of this game.
Those with individual game tickets (non-season tickets) may exchange their tickets for the same priced seat at any future 2009 Nationals home game, excluding the three-game series against the Boston Red Sox on June 23, 24 and 25. All rain check exchanges are subject to availability.
Individual-game ticket holders can exchange their tickets at any Nationals Park box office. Nationals Park box office hours are Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Tickets purchased as part of today's Youth Baseball Day parade and game may be exchanged for any other game this season with the exception of June 23, 24 and 25, based on availability. Those scheduled to participate in today's youth baseball parade may be specifically interested in exchanging their tickets for Youth Baseball Day on Sunday, June 7. Prior to that 1:35 p.m. contest vs. the New York Mets, those groups scheduled to participate in this afternoon's postponed parade will have access to a second youth baseball parade, based on availability.
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