WASHINGTON - First pitch for Thursday night’s Washington Nationals game against the Atlanta Braves was set for a 7:05 p.m. start. Even though no rain fell onto the field for about two hours after the game was supposed to begin, the weather delay left many fans at the stadium perturbed.
The Nationals sent out a tweet at 6:42 p.m. announcing the delay, but there was no further information on their Twitter account about the status of the game until three hours later.
Nationals fans took their frustrations to Twitter during the so-called “rain delay," which left them wondering why the game didn't start on time as scheduled. This came one day after the Nationals game against the New York Mets was postponed due to rain.
Gotta say that it's ridiculous the #Nationals did not start this game at 7 p.m. as scheduled. Radar doesn't show rain arriving till 9-ish.— David O'Brien (@DOBrienAJC) July 6, 2017
The @nationals have one thing right this evening. If you don’t play the game you can’t lose.— BMG (@Bravesmeme) July 7, 2017
Thanks 4showing how other teams play in the rain &we sit in a delay win ZERO rain 4over an hour. SERIOUSLY. Phillies &Pitt getting it done pic.twitter.com/38STBGdaMS— Cristy Spencer (@punsmamma) July 7, 2017
After about an hour and 20 minutes into the rain delay, the grounds crew finally placed the tarp onto the field.
Fans cheering/booing as grounds crew comes out to put on tarp after 1:20 of no rain. What a joke.— Chip Caray (@kapaya1234) July 7, 2017
Tarp going on out of embarrassment, I hope. Really feel badly for paying customers who are getting royally hosed by this. #wrong.— Chip Caray (@kapaya1234) July 7, 2017
At around 9:40 p.m., the tarp was taken off the field.
At 9:49 p.m., the Nationals announced the game would begin at 10:10 p.m.
After a more than three-hour delay, they finally played ball at Nationals Park!