Unlike most sports, baseball can not be played in rain. In the NBA, courts are covered by roofs and in the NFL and MLS, they deal with it.
However, with dirt being a huge part of what of the field that baseball is played on, it is very difficult to play through. It is so difficult that games are often suspended and picked-up at another point during the season or are resumed hours after the rain has stopped.
One of the best ways to stop the rain from doing too much damage is for the grounds crew of each stadium to take out tarp and place it over the infield, where most ,if not all of the dirt resides. The tarp is huge and heavy, which requires many workers to roll it out and do it quickly. During a New York Yankees game, the sky opened up and the grounds crew were called upon.
Except this time, it did not go as planned:
- Royals beat Yankees 5-1 (kansascity.com)
- Indians lose 4-2 in 10, fall further behind Tigers (sacbee.com)
- Rangers grounds director Dennis Klein on the battle with the tarp (sportsblogs.star-telegram.com)
- Tarp At Texas Ranger’s Flies Away: We Don’t Have To Worry About This At Tropicana Field (myq105.cbslocal.com)
- Video from Texas Rangers rainout shows groundskeepers devoured by tarp (thescoopblog.dallasnews.com)