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Norfolk Tides’ rainout was really a flood-out

Harbor Park, home of the Norfolk Tides, on Thursday looked more like the first part of its name than the second. (Norfolk Tides Baseball Club via Facebook)

The first tweet from the Norfolk Tides, the Orioles’ Class AAA affiliate, regarding Thursday’s weather seemed innocuous enough:

Okay, rainouts are common enough, no big deal. Then came a tweet with a link providing additional rainout information. The tweets which followed that one, however, were more of an eye-opener:

Whoa! Those photos don’t so much say “outfield” as “outboard motor.” That poor tarp isn’t covering the field so much as tilting at windmills.

As mentioned above, Thursday’s game, against the Gwinnett Braves, will be made up Saturday as part of a doubleheader. Why not on Friday? Because the Tides were already scheduled to play a doubleheader against Gwinnett following an April rainout. Add a Sunday date, and the Tides are slated to play the Barves Braves five times over the next three days.

But first, they’re gonna need to Shop-Vac the heck out of that field.

Des writes for the Early Lead and the D.C. Sports Bog, scouring the Web to bring readers items of interest, both serious and amusing. He also covers fantasy football, as well as fitness topics for the MisFits.



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