WASHINGTON — It never rained here today. Not a drop. When I walked out of Nationals Park at 3:30 p.m., which was 2 1/2 hours after the game was supposed to begin, it was sunny. The grounds crew hadn’t even bothered to put the tarp on the field.
Why postpone the game? Maybe Nats management realized there wouldn’t be but a few thousand fans at the game and decided to cuts it losses. By making up the game in July — on a weekend — when the Pirates return, there’ll be more money to be made. I’m just saying …
»»» Here’s some sad news: I just talked with catcher Tony Sanchez, who was riding a bus in Akron, Ohio — where it actually rained today, causing a legit rainout — with the Double-A Altoona Curve. Sanchez had a three-word message for his fans: “Twitter is done.”
Sanchez has shut down his Twitter account. His final week, sent around 3:30 p.m. today: “see ya twitter. thanks to the fans for their support and continued support. Pittsburgh is the only goal and twitter is standing in my way.”
Sanchez declined to talk on the record about why he won’t be tweeting, other than to say, ‘It was a personal decision.”
But know this: Sanchez got in trouble — and rightly so — recently after a tweet that was critical of the umpires. He later tweeted an apology. The Pirates have become ultra-sensitive to any information leaks (no matter how insignificant) and any possible situations that might somehow, some way at some time in somebody’s eyes reflect poorly on the organization.
It sure looks like the Pirates put a muzzle on Sanchez.
I’ve asked GM Neal Huntington for an official response, including a confirmation or denial of the club’s role.
»»» Starter Bryan Morris (oblique) was activated from the DL at Double-A Altoona. Reliever Chris Leroux was promoted to Triple-A Indy.
»»» The Pirates have had four games postponed due to rotten weather (or, as happened to day, unfavorable weather predictions). The last time they had as many as four games ppd. was 2004, when there were 11 rainouts.