A ridiculous scene unfolded when the grounds crew was unable to unroll the tarp properly. Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The worst nightmare of an MLB groundskeeper has to be when the decision to go into a rain delay comes just a bit too late for the crew to get the tarp on the field before the worst of the weather hits. We’ve seen that happen before, but it’s not often that you see issues arise because the tarp gets rolled out the wrong way to begin with.

Amid a heavy downpour in Washington, the Nationals’ grounds crew simply could not get the tarp unrolled properly, leading to a ridiculous scene in which various members of the crew frantically tried to figure out why things were not working as intended.

The grounds crew was still struggling with the tangled tarp nearly 15 minutes into the delay, by which point the entire infield was already a muddy mess.

The rain wound down, but the inability to get the infield covered led to a messy disaster.

Scenes of grounds crews in heavy rain and high winds desperately trying to get the tarp to cover the infield are not unprecedented. That’s not what this was. This crew simply rolled the entire tarp out upside down, leaving them scrambling in vain to fix the error.

The Nats’ crew might want to take a cue from their counterparts in Philadelphia regarding how to deal with a soaked infield, because they’re going to have to figure out how to dry that out.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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