Oakland field too wet for A's to play Friday night's game

The Oakland A's experience an unexpected rainout and the fans were sent back to the parking lot without watching even an inning of baseball.
April 4, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
There was frustration at the O.co Coliseum as Friday night's Oakland A's game is canceled before it even began. The field was just too wet to play on, all because of an embarrassing mistake.

Fans were upset since this was the third rainout in a week. Some told ABC7 News they were frustrated, embarrassed and angry.

The worst seat in the house probably belonged to the head groundskeeper who drove around the infield on a tractor when the A's should have up at bat. A's management says the tarp was left off the field overnight hoping the field would dry out. Instead, a morning downpour made the situation worse and by game time, the field wasn't ready.

The field looked OK, but the VP of stadium operations, Dave Rinetti, said the A's, Seattle Mariners and the umpires felt conditions were dangerous. Earlier, you could see A's manager Bob Melvin's foot sink into the field.

Frustrated fans congregated in the parking lot.

James Davis had 40 relatives in from across the country to celebrate his birthday at the game. He said, "It's really disappointing the grounds crew couldn't get it together today to figure out how to cover out the infield."

Water woes forced the cancellation of Tuesday's game and the Bay Bridge series finale last Saturday.

Then there was a sewage problem in the club house last Saturday when toilets were actually gurgling.

Fans hope this isn't a sign that the season is about to head down the tubes.

On a better note, everyone who did have a ticket to Friday night's game will be able to go to a makeup game, but that date has not yet been announced.


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