A very odd thing happened Wednesday evening to LA Angels and its fans: They saw their game against the Minnesota Twins get rained out.
The reason for the LA Angels game getting postponed, was not a torrential downpour that would not subside. Although a downpour was involved. No, the reason for the postponement was the umpires stated the decision was based on the field not being safe to play on due to the drenched outfield grass.
On Wednesday afternoon the Anaheim area experienced a downpour that dropped close to a quarter-inch of rain on the city and the Angel Stadium grass. The infield was covered by the stadium tarp, but there was nothing to cover the outfield grass which became a problem.
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The biggest problem is the Angel Stadium drainage system is not very good. At most stadium a quarter-inch of rain would not cause a rain out. The problem was there wasn’t enough time for the field to dry after the rain had stopped. The game will now be made up on Thursday at 1 pm as both teams had an off day their respective schedule so it was a best-case scenario.
This is the first rain out since July 19th, 2015 against the boston Red Sox. That evening there was much more rain as it was a rare summer rain storm. The postponement was due to the same reason, the outfield was drenched with close to a half-inch of rain.
Below is a picture of the Angel Stadium shortly before the game was postponed Courtesy of Fabian Ardaya.
That game was also made up the following day as a doubleheader. The city of Anaheim let the Angels borrow their helicopters to dry the outfield grass in order to dry out the excess water.
The Angels only have had 12 rain outs at Angel Stadium since it opened in 1966. The Angels were surprised tonight by the postponement as were Angel fans, but the players safety was cited as the main reason.
You know the old saying “It never rains in Southern California, but brother don’t they warn you. When it rains, man it pours.” That’s what happened Wednesday. Moving forward the Angels will attempt to break a three-game losing streak.