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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Phillies stuck in the mud, figuratively and literally

Probably for the best that the game was called- I’d hate to imagine what the Philadelphia sports fans would do if they got their hands on all that mud, to say nothing about the blowtorches…..

There have been times in recent days when it has looked like the Phillies’ season was stuck in the mud. So the unexpected, and probably avoidable, events of Monday night served as an apt metaphor for what has happened to the team lately.

The Phillies’ scheduled game against the Washington Nationals at Citizens Bank Park was postponed because of poor field conditions. The grounds crew worked feverishly for several hours – even using blowtorches in an effort to dry the soggy infield dirt – before the decision to postpone was made about 7:15 p.m.

The two teams will play a traditional doubleheader Tuesday at 3:05 p.m. Monday’s scheduled starter Jake Arrieta will get the ball in one of the games and Nick Pivetta in the other. The Phillies, who entered Monday trailing Atlanta by 4½ games in the NL East, are coming off a 2-4 road trip to Miami and New York and they are 6-14 since August 18.

QLE Posted: September 11, 2018 at 08:06 AM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: groundskeeping, phillies, rain delay

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   1. stevegamer Posted: September 11, 2018 at 11:53 AM (#5742185)
Unsurprisingly, management's explanation was borderline insane. Rain was pretty much forecast all weekend, in various amounts, and is forecast in various amounts for the entirety of this week. It's kind of like Kapler's clown show in his first week.

No, you can't cover the field all the time, but the Philly area has been getting a lot of rain this summer, and most of the days were forecast to be wet. If you have to pay the groundscrew a bit more to be there to tarp & untarp the field as needed, you do it.

   2. Jesse Barfield's Right Arm Posted: September 11, 2018 at 12:46 PM (#5742212)
There are two terrible things about this.

1) The rain wasn't that unexpected. The BMW Championship (golf) was moved up on Friday because of rain, and the course (Aronimink) is only about 20 miles away from Citizen's Bank Park. They somehow managed to get a golf course ready to play on Monday morning but not a baseball field 12 hours later.

2) Not announcing it until late. It's $18 to park and it hadn't rained at all yesterday in the city. There was zero expectation all day long that the game would be called.

In more ways than one, Phillies: Coverup!

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