David Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, said the team’s “weather consultant” informed the A’s no storm was expected overnight, and groundscrew chief Clay Wood did not tarp the field, preferring to further dry it out after recent rains.
“In the last week, we’ve had more rain at the facility than we had since I’ve been here,” said Rinetti, an A’s employee for 34 years. “The field has taken a big hit all week. . . . Unfortunately, we were wrong on the amount of rain and got about a third of an inch of rain last night. We got here this morning, and the infield was underwater.”
This, at least, is something that’s easily fixable: It’s trivial (if not necessarily in cost) to rip up a field and put in modern drainage. Not that it’s probably worth the expense, given that the last A’s rainout before this was in 1998, and, you know, California. But it’s less an embarrassment of an outmoded stadium than a weathercaster oopsie.