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In A Rain Delay

10:58 (unofficially) - The crew chief just came onto the field and waved it off. This game is canceled. The Nats have themselves (officially) a doubleheader sweep. They lost this one, 4-1.


At 9:52 p.m., with San Francisco ahead 4-1, and with the Nats still living through the How To Lose An Offense In 10 Days plot, umpires decided the rain was coming down too hard and called for a rain delay. It's the top of the sixth right now, and by rule, we've got to wait 45 minutes before the game can officially be called off. But it looks like the rain is here to stay, and the Giants have to fly out for a series against Florida tomorrow. So I won't be surprised if this one gets called shortly after the deadline. I'll keep you posted here.

By the way, there is virtually nobody in the stadium right now other than press, players, and stadium employees. There are maybe 50 people in the Red Loft area, and about 25 in one upper deck section of the outfield. Other than that, the attendance is... well, maybe seven or eight.

By Chico Harlan  |  June 4, 2009; 10:10 PM ET
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We bad. Really, really bad.

Posted by: jcbcmb68 | June 4, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

Two guys named Milledge and Young in hot water in Philly:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The FBI charged a US Airways employee with helping his roommate get a concealed, semiautomatic handgun onto a plane departing Philadelphia early Thursday.

Customer service agent Roshid Milledge switched black carry-on bags with passenger Damien Young at the gate so Young could board the 7 am flight to Phoenix with the unloaded 9 mm weapon, the FBI said in an affidavit.

No way it could have been Lastings. The guy didn't drop the gun.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | June 4, 2009 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Chico, the eternal optimist. You can tell he hates this beat. Why continue to work it if you don't like it?

Posted by: tengoalyrunr30 | June 4, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

I actually enjoy Chico's commentary. He tells it like it is with a bit of sarcasm intertwined every now and then. Makes following the Nats not as depressing. Keep doin the good work Chico.

Posted by: 1stpick | June 4, 2009 10:23 PM | Report abuse

It's 10:24 - 13 minutes until this game is called.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:25 PM | Report abuse

The Acta-bashers are coming out on Nats Talk live tonight - the Lerners have to realize that the crowds are getting restless.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Two things finally happening tonight.

Boz finally making the Learners and StanK squirm and the callers are rabid, of course Byron Kerr has zero clue.

Acta is the reason for the season, RIGHT!

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Where are the Lerner bashers? Other than Boswell?

Posted by: periculum | June 4, 2009 10:31 PM | Report abuse

The Lerners have to be squirming. They had originally hoped to have the stadium naming rights sold for this year, but no luck. Remember last season when there were advertisments (red letters) along the facades of the upper deck that read "" and "" (there were four or five different ones)? I just noticed that those ads are completely gone this year. In the men's room last night, I counted 13 of those above-the-urinal advertising panels. Only two had real ads - one for Geico and one for some hair care product. The others were all for Nats Mini-plan sales or for buying the ad space. There are still empty banners on the left parking garage. The team can't find companies will to fork over the bucks to advertise due to the lousy team. Something's got to happen. And, boy, the callers are letting it all out tonight!

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:38 PM | Report abuse

And Byron is a moron - he has nothing to say to all these callers.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:40 PM | Report abuse

And the umps want to wait until 11 to make a decision. Why?

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:42 PM | Report abuse

I went to tonight's games and left in the 5th inning of the second game - I'd had enough rain and enough of Manny's lack of managing.

But don't blame Chico for saying that there was no one there. THere was no one there tonight. I'd bet my house when I left in the 5th that there weren't 4K people there anymore. THere was maybe 10K for the first game.

Posted by: comish4lif | June 4, 2009 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Yikes Byron Kerr doesn't get it. That last caller was dead on. His point was, Kasten and Co. miscalculated on how long people are willing to give "the plan" a chance. There was no baseball culture here for 33 years and the previous baseball run wasn't very good either. Man, why can't these people see that, and defending the Redskis with some lame garbage about season one season ending while the next one is starting, I guess Kerr doesn;t read the Post very often or watch COMCAST Sportsnet.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 4, 2009 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Hmm. Tim Redding is 0-2 with an ERA of over 9. That means he'll probably pitch a 2-hit shutout against us tomorrow night, as we love making bad pitchers look like Cy Young winners.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 11:00 PM | Report abuse

It's over. Drive safely.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

"Remember last season when there were advertisments (red letters) along the facades of the upper deck that read "" and "" (there were four or five different ones)?"

You realize don't you that those shopping centers are all Lerner properties? Are you saying the Lerners are either too embarrassed or too cheap to advertise their own properties in their own stadium?

Posted by: nunof1 | June 4, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

When is Rizzo going to make that trip to the owners box and tell the LernerStank that he has had enough of watching the "gum-chewer" in the dugout?

Here come the Mets, losers of 3 to the Pirates, the PIRATES. Mets have a ton of injuries. Of course the Mets enthusiasm just went through the roof when they got on the bus knowing that they are coming to DC, nothing ends a good losing streak like playing a weekend set against the Natinals.

Posted by: TippyCanoe | June 4, 2009 11:08 PM | Report abuse

The Mets had a ton of injuries when we saw them just a week ago, and that didn't stop them from sweeping us then.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 11:22 PM | Report abuse

crowds?? RFK had a bigger crowd.
the Lerners have to realize that the crowds are getting restless.

Posted by: BGinVA | June 4, 2009 10:26 PM

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Posted by: Brue | June 4, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

For what it is worth, I'm sure that even though the malls are also owned by the Lerners, one company still had to pay the other. That's the way business works, folks. The malls obviously made the decision not to advertise based, most likely, on the recession. Retail is being hit hard...

Posted by: truke | June 5, 2009 6:19 AM | Report abuse

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