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The Yankees Are Being Crushed For How They Handled Tonight's Rainout

A view of the Yankees logo behind home plate of Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: A detailed view of New York Yankees batting practice prior to the American League Wild Card Game against the Minnesota Twins at Yankee Stadium on October 3, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After a lengthy delay, tonight's game between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium was postponed. No big deal, right?

Well, not quite. You see, even though it rained extensively in the New York area today, the Yankees and Major League Baseball tried to get the game in. Big mistake.

The game was originally slated to start at 6:35 p.m. ET, but the Yankees made an announcement this afternoon that it would be delayed. Then, they announced a new first pitch time of 7:45 p.m. ET.

However, when 7:45 rolled around, the game didn't get underway. Umpires, managers and grounds crew inspected the field, which wasn't playable due to a poorly drained outfield. While the grounds crew worked feverishly to get rid of the standing water, fans waited. In the end, the surface was deemed unplayable and the game was postponed. It will be made up as part of a single-admission double-header on Wednesday.

A quick search of "Yankees" on Twitter reveals plenty of fans ticked off at what went down. We can't blame them, as anyone who traveled to the Bronx tonight and stuck around was greatly inconvenienced.

The Yanks are receiving some media criticism as well. They will no doubt survive this, especially as they own a 24-16 record and are a half-game out of first place in the AL East.

However, next time there's inclement weather in the area, you can bet the team will be more careful about how it handles the situation.