clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Phantom weather delay in Washington halting Thursday night’s game

New, 29 comments

Maybe a drop of rain will fall eventually?

Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Thursday night’s game between the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals was originally set to begin at 7:05 p.m. ET.

However, it was announced just under 30 minutes prior to first pitch that the start of the game would be delayed due to approaching weather.

As annoying as rain delays can be for fans, journalists and players alike, it’s understood that it’s just a part of baseball. All you can do is roll out the tarp, let the skies open up and wait for the rain to clear out so the players can take the field and the game can resume.

Except, what if an extended period of time passes without a single drop of rain falling from the sky?

Despite delaying the game due to the anticipation of rain, the Nationals didn’t roll out their tarp. In fact, by 7:30, weather conditions were still adequate enough for the game to be played.

Time continued to pass, and as 8:00 p.m. ET began to roll around, you guessed it — the assembly of clouds hovering over Nationals Park had yet to produce even a lone droplet of rain.

MLB.com’s Mark Bowman offered some in-depth analysis on how the stats broke down for the first hour and a half of the rain delay.

As you can clearly deduct, something doesn’t quite add up. Even Ender Inciarte issued his own two-cents on the matter.

As 9:00 p.m. ET began to roll around — nearly two hours after the originally scheduled start time for the game — this is what it looked like inside Nationals Park.

Perhaps Washington was worried about losing starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez due to a weather delay and having to rely on its atrocious bullpen? Or maybe it was just a horrible misjudgment of impending weather?

Regardless, I believe we can all agree this is absolutely ridiculous. Hopefully, for the sake of everyone involved, we will see a baseball game played in its entirety before the end of the night.