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Phillies game vs Nationals postponed due to bad field

An unplayable field has resulted in the Phillies postponing their game against the Washington Nationals tonight.

Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images

The ballad of the 2018 Phillies season has taken yet another strange, and embarrassing, turn.

After a weekend of rain and a tarp mishap on Friday night, the infield surface at Citizens Bank Park was deemed unplayable resulting in the cancellation of tonight’s game against the Washington Nationals.

Members of the grounds crew worked for hours this afternoon after finding the infield dirt so soaked that they had to break out five blowtorches in an attempt to dry the field.

Phillies officials say an unexpected deluge of rain on Friday night, with the infield turf uncovered, was the culprit.

Shortly before the scheduled first pitch, both managers and other officials gathered on the infield dirt to discuss the viability of playing the game tonight, but it seemed clear it wasn’t going to happen.

Hey, the good news is Bryce Harper at least seems invested in helping maintain his future home.

The way things have been going for the Phils lately, perhaps this isn’t the worst thing that could have happened.

And frankly, I think we all know who’s to blame here.

Tonight’s incident is, of course, reminiscent of 2001, when an Eagles preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at the Vet had to be cancelled because of lumps and ripples in the turf, a truly embarrassing moment for the city. This one ain’t much better.

And not for nothin’, getting two games in tomorrow isn’t going to be a walk in the park either.

Get those flamethrowers handy.