Sport The Nationals Are Not Very Good at This Whole Rain Delay Thing

06:20  12 august  2017
06:20  12 august  2017 Source:   Sports Illustrated

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This No- Rain delay is something i've never seen before!! — Ender Inciarte (@enderinciartem) July 7, 2017. The whole fiasco led to lots of jokes. I suggest the Nationals give away more free things — tickets, hats, more ice cream. The 12 best tweets about Austin Jackson's insane home run-robbing catch. 10hr ago.

More. But the indefensible thing about this situation is the communication and treatment of the fans. Forgetting for a moment that the rain that fell is the kind of It’s not the best look. So we’ll just have to wait and see if this rain delay has any consequences — from MLB, or from the Nationals ’ own fans.

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The Nationals were supposed to play the Giants at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park on Friday night. A thunderstorm that had been forecasted postponed the start of the game, and it seems the Nats kept pretty much everyone in the dark from there on out—the game wasn't officially postponed until 9:48, nearly three hours after the initial game time.

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This is sort of unprofessional if true and it's weird, but what's weirder is that it's not the first time the Nationals have had a very weird rain delay.

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The Washington Nationals had a very bad day Thursday. It all started at exactly 6:42 pm when they sent Seems pretty standard, a rain delay notice, that happens, but what happened next is where this story turns south for the NL East leaders. The whole thing is worth a listen. Some other highlights

The Washington Nationals delayed the start of its game by approximately three hours because of the threat of rain . The problem is that many meteorologists and fans were looking at the weather radar and could clearly see that rainfall was well to the west of Washington, D.C. near the 7 pm start time.

Back on July 6, a Nationals-Braves game at Nationals Park was delayed for three hours. The only problem is, it didn't really rain—the Washington Post described the precipitation as happening only "barely," and reported that it didn't rain until hours into the delay.

I feel like this is not that hard. If it's raining and there's lightning in the area, you postpone the game. If it's not raining and there's no lightning in the area, you don't postpone the game. Am I missing something?

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