The downside of a rain delay at Nats Park is, obviously, the rain delay. But there’s also an upside: the chance to see team mascot Screech in his foul-weather gear.
Wednesday night’s historic 3-1 win against the Detroit Tigers—historic because it was the first time ever that the Nats beat Detroit—got off to a late start due to a steady rain. Fans used the hour stall to take advantage of $1 hot dogs and $5 beer. Once the field crew began to roll back the diamond’s rain cover, Screech appeared in a fetching yellow raincoat and hat, with matching umbrella. This fashion statement turned heads and distracted from the drizzle that lasted into the early innings. Just screeching in the rain, perhaps? But soon enough the sky cleared, and the game went the Nats way, including a Denard Span triple, Bryce Harper’s tenth home run this season, and strong pitching from Jordan Zimmermann. Despite the rain and chill, the turnout was strong at 34,893.
The win wasn’t the only gift from the Nationals to fans on Wednesday. After an outcry, they reversed a new, stricter rain-delay policy that was announced after Tuesday night’s game against Detroit was postponed to Thursday. Without going into all the details, here’s what you need to know, as announced by the team: “The Washington Nationals wish to announce that all fans who purchased tickets for Tuesday night’s postponed game with the Detroit Tigers will be guaranteed their same seats for Thursday’s scheduled 4:05 PM makeup game, or will retain the option to exchange their tickets—as they have in the past—for any remaining regular or value home game during the 2013 season, subject to availability.”