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Rain Delay Update [UPDATED]

9:35 -- No weather updates -- the rain is hard, the thunder is harder -- but fans have found ways to amuse themselves. One fan just streaked across the field. He came from the right-field line, ran to second base and around the infield before sliding at home into the arms of a collection of security guards.

The outfield is flooding, but patience is a must tonight. With rain in the forecast tomorrow, a day-night doubleheader is a risky proposition. The Giants do not return to Washington this season, so if they waited this long, it likely means they'll keep waiting.

8:35 -- Spoke too soon, but a collection of good news and bad news. The tarp is back on the field. They are expecting rain to come in 10 minutes, and lasting for about an hour. However, they expect the weather to be clear throughout the night following that patch, and have every intention of getting the game in. Stay tuned for updates.


8: 28 -- More than an hour has elapsed, but good news -- and clear skies -- appear ahead. The tarp has been off the infield for and the groundskeepers drained the outfield. The tarp is now being rolled up, fans have taken seats and baseball might be arriving soon. No official word yet, but continue to check Nationals Journal for the official word and for updates throughout the game.

By Zach Berman  |  June 3, 2009; 8:28 PM ET
 
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Comments

I think if Randy Johnson weren't pitching for history tonight, the game would have been cancelled already.

Posted by: rxs85 | June 3, 2009 8:48 PM | Report abuse

You kinda just know from the start of this whole thing that tonight will be a wild and crazy game.

Expect many errors on that wet outfield.

SLIP N SLIDE!!!!

Posted by: grandstander | June 3, 2009 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Went to the ballpark for a couple hours tonight. According to a ballpark employee, they really want to get the game in tonight. Tomorrow's gonna be rainy too and the Giants don't come to town again this year. Plus, there were alot of people drinking at the Red Loft....hard to turn away paying customers.

Posted by: hacmanindc | June 3, 2009 9:20 PM | Report abuse

they've got to be kidding not having postponed this game already. if this weather doesn't allow this game to start before 10:30 - 11 p.m., most of the crowd will be gone and the nats (and their fans) will get bagged on nationally by the media for hardly anyone being at the game. you won't hear or read stories about how bad the weather was, only that dc baseball fans have no appreciation for possibly seeing history made. there is no mutual makeup date for a postponement. the giants are off in the east on july 16 and august 13 but the nats play both those days.

Posted by: surly_w | June 3, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Just got home from a soggy NatsTown and I don't see how this game is going to be played. The outfield has taken a lot of water (be careful, Elijah!) and the tv stations' radar I've checked show that there's a lot more heavy rain on its way. I know the Nats are a money-making entity, but use a little common sense and think about the safety of the players and fans when severe weather is in the region.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 3, 2009 9:35 PM | Report abuse

To all of the Nats Journal Folks and the Post,
Tarik and his crew at Caps Insider don't wait for information they go out and harvest it. There is definatley a differnce in apparent reporter initiative. And I am not talking about tonight's rain delay.
They get the inside scope. Nats J gets the pool info.

Posted by: navboss | June 3, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

agreed leetee. It's crazy wet out there. I'm no weather guy, but it doesn't look like the rain will clear until 10:30ish. And, then they need some time for the field to drain. Do they try for a double header tomorrow?

Posted by: hacmanindc | June 3, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Dammit. How likely is this game to get in? Now I'm tempted to drive down and watch from the first few rows! Seriously, games like this are an awesome experience. Just about every fan goes home with a foul ball!! lol.

Posted by: Hokienautic | June 3, 2009 9:43 PM | Report abuse

I didn't ask for the inside scope ...
--Teri Garr

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 3, 2009 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Hokienautic, I definitely got the impression that they are going to do this game tonight. If I was single, no kids, I would definitely be down there....if nothing else, the crowd at the Red Loft is worth it.

Posted by: hacmanindc | June 3, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Possibly one more trading partner off the board...McLouth is now a Brave. ATL could still use a RF though.

Interesting to see McLouth traded after signing an extension in February. He seemed to be PIT's most visible player after last season & the Bay/Nady deals.

Posted by: LosDoceOcho | June 3, 2009 10:04 PM | Report abuse

How late does Metro run after a rain delay? If it closes at midnight, that guarantees a lot of people would leave in the early or middle innings

Posted by: miseaujeu | June 3, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

It's 10PM. Don't we start to get into "Metro's closing" territory? Or, if DC's picking up the tab, maybe the Nats are happy to make Metro wait.

Posted by: gbooksdc | June 3, 2009 10:05 PM | Report abuse

OK, it's after 10 and still lightning and thunder and pouring in Shaw, 3 miles n. of the park. Haven't heard them call it yet, but this is getting silly.

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | June 3, 2009 10:06 PM | Report abuse

Two brief Nats-related items from SI.com's Jon Heyman, Really agree about his assessments of Dunn and Willingham,

• Now that Randy St. Claire has been fired as Nationals pitching coach, I'm expecting a complete turnaround. Not! Manager Manny Acta would appear to be next in line to go.

• One of many problems with the Nats is that they have several American League players. Dunn is one. Willingham is probably another.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 3, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

new post.

Posted by: leetee1955 | June 3, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

Doubleheader 4:30 Thursday. Guessing Thursday ticket holders get two games but fans who sat waiting get nothing? Doesn't seem fair. Interested to see how Nats handle.

Posted by: mgb711 | June 3, 2009 11:02 PM | Report abuse

Randy Johnson will pitch Game 1.

Posted by: mgb711 | June 3, 2009 11:04 PM | Report abuse

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