The stands sat empty Saturday afternoon after the Lugnuts cancelled yet another game. This one--a double header. So why on a beautiful, sunny day, can't they play?
"There's condensation coming up from the field, from the ground and it's causing the field to be really mushy so if you're an athlete you can't make any quick movements," said the team's general manager, Patrick Day. "I mean, the real reson we can't play is the safety of the players."
The field thaws every year, but never in the Lugnuts 16 years has it happened on the first weekend of the season.
"It's thawed in March, it's thawed when the team's on the road," Day said. "But we've had such a cold winter, it decided to start to thaw late this week Thursday and slowly the moisture has been coming up."
There is a tarp covering the field for two reasons: first to help draw the moisture up from the ground. Second, with rain in the forecast for Sunday, to help protect the field.
"It's disappointing for the fans. A lot of them have been waiting for baseball season to start," said Day.
So with tickets and no game to go to a lot of those fans are heading across the street to the Nuthouse sports bar instead.
"It's happened the past three days the games have been cancelled," said Nuthouse waitress Neala Kelly.
Bad for them but good for the Nuthouse.
"There were probably about 50 to 60 people from the Lugnuts game in here this afternoon," Kelly said. "A lot of them were really disappointed the game wasn't going on."
Anyone who bought a ticket for a cancelled game can exchange it for one of the 66 games left in the season.