Met with boos from the crowd in O.com Coliseum, the Oakland Athletics vs. Seattle Mariners game scheduled to begin at 7:05 pm on Friday night was postponed due to a soggy infield. What made this postponed game so odd was that the weather at game time was not the type to warrant a postponement.
Needless to say, this was even more odd than a rainout in Oakland (except the current year, of course).
An unexpected storm passed through the Bay the night before the game. The team's "weather consultant" indicated that there was no rain expected, so the infield was left without a tarp covering the dirt. With hopes that the infield would air out after heavy rain the previous week, the grounds crew returned the next morning with the opposite result.
"We had information last night that there was going to be a break in the storm," David Rinetti, the A's vice president of stadium operations, told reporters. "Because of that, we wanted to use that opportunity to help dry out the field. Unfortunately, we were wrong on the amount of rain. We got about one-third of an inch of rain."
The "unfortunate misinterpretation of the forecast," as A's general manager Billy Beane called it, was met with an unhappy reaction, but the team will honor the tickets for the game at make-up game, which has yet to be scheduled.
The A's hope to finish their homestand this weekend with games against the Mariners on Saturday and Sunday.