Originally written on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 7/9/13

A late call by the umpires of the Royals-Yankees game — to bring out the tarp before a summer rain poured down — turned a routine job of covering the infield into an epic battle between man and Mother Nature at Yankee Stadium Monday night. A deluge of rain delay interrupted the game in the fourth inning and the comical efforts by the grounds crew to roll out the polyethylene had the soaked crowd jeering the men in shorts. As the rain accumulated on the tarp, it grew heavier and heavier — until it became almost impossible to roll out. To make matters worse, a gust of wind caused the tarp to balloon upwards. Even an unidentified volunteer in a pink shirt and khakis had to run out onto the field and help the crew flip over the tarp to dump the rain. Eventually, the groundskeepers were able to fix the tarp in place over the infield, thanks in part to the valiant efforts of the mystery man. Your browser does not support iframes.

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