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.
First pitch for tonight's game is scheduled for approximately 7:45 p.m.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 13, 2019
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.
Tonight's Yankees game vs the Orioles has been postponed due to unplayable field conditions. It will be made up this Wednesday, May 15th, as part of a single-game admission doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. All Yankee Stadium Gates will open at 2:00 p.m. for the doubleheader.
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 14, 2019
“Unplayable field conditions” they’re saying #orioles
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) May 14, 2019
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.