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Reaction to the Rainless Rainout at the O.co Coliseum

Friday was a rough day for the Oakland Athletics.

First, the club was lampooned by the Onion. Then, there was the unprecedented postponement of the night’s game against the Seattle Mariners due to the the fact that the field was absolutely soaked. Joe Stiglich of CSN Bay Area provides the backstory on just how the situation was brought about.

“We got here this morning and the infield was underwater,” said David Rinetti, the A’s vice president of stadium operations …“In the last week we’ve had probably more rain at the facility than we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

On the recommendation of an unnamed “weather consultant” the team decided to leave the tarp off the infield on Thursday night to allow the field to dry out. Instead, it rained more than had been expected and the plan backfired in a major way.

Naturally, the Twittersphere was abuzz in the wake of the unfortunate turn of events. Here’s a sampling of the reaction.

Let’s lead things off on a light note, via BSN’s Editor/Lead Writer Brandon McClintock.

GM Billy Beane provided his take, per John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle.

Minority owner Lew Wolff also chimed in.

Meanwhile, Alex Espinoza of MLB.ccom was on the lookout for the infamous “weather consultant.”

Per Susan Slusser of the Chronicle, the team will be sticking with the same consultant, and still won’t offer any names.

Llyod McClendon, the Mariners manager, shared his thoughts, via John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group.

Another coach had seen similarly bad conditions in the past.

Stiglich offers a glimpse of the scene.

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times was thinking about the big picture.

Ever the comedian, Sean Doolittle weighed in, as well.

A few of Doolittle’s teammates made good use of the unscheduled night off.

Unfortunately, not everyone had a backup plan.

A few words of support for two of the club employees at the center of the storm.


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