The last time the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim were rained out at home, Bill Clinton was still the president of the United States, the first DVD had yet to be released and O.J. Simpson was still on trial.
In other words, it’s been a long time since this happened. Twenty years, to be exact, after the Sunday, July 20 game between the Angels and Boston Red Sox in Anaheim was postponed (the teams played a doubleheader the following day). The first rainout at Angel Stadium since June 16, 1995, against the White Sox, snapped a streak of 1,609 consecutive home games for the Angels without a rainout.
According to an Associated Press report, heavy downpours turned Angel Stadium’s outfield into virtual marshlands. The Big A’s grounds crew and drainage system were unable to protect the grass from the remnants of Tropical Storm Dolores, which fell steadily all evening and caused a rain delay of just over two hours before the postponement. Using push brooms and rakes, the crew vainly attempted to push water around the outfield before the game was finally called.
“Unfortunately, you never really know how your drainage system works until you get enough water,” Angels manger Mike Scioscia told the Associated Press afterwards. “There is so much standing water in that outfield, it has nowhere to go. The field was unplayable, with no way to remedy it. I’ve never seen it rain in July here, ever. So I’m a little surprised.”
The storm also caused a rare rainout in San Diego – a city normally drenched in sun – that same night, as the Padres home game against the Colorado Rockies also was postponed.
The Angels now have had 16 rainouts at home in franchise history; the last 11 at Angel Stadium, the first five at Dodger Stadium.