This afternoon’s exhibition game between the Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox has been canceled due to inclement weather in the nation’s capital.
The Nationals made the official announcement that it was being scrapped just before 2:00 PM with rain continuing to fall in Nationals Park, where the teams were set to go at it at 4:00 PM.
As the Nationals noted in their announcement, it will not be rescheduled.
Up next, weather permitting, is the Nats and Red Sox’ matchup tomorrow in Annapolis, MD, tomorrow at 2:00 PM EDT, when they will play in Max Bishop Stadium in what is being called the Naval Academy Classic.
Dusty Baker told reporters before the announcement on this afternoon’s game that he wanted to get these two exhibitions in if possible.
We’d like to play, first, but and especially because Tanner [Roark] needs the work and Max [Scherzer] needs the work, but you don’t want to do anything to jeopardize the health of my players, too, so we’re at the mercy of the weather,” Baker said.
Roark was scheduled to start today’s matchup with the Red Sox, and Scherzer is set to start in Annapolis tomorrow, in the 1500-capacity Navy baseball stadium.
“We wanted to do something to celebrate our military,” GM Mike Rizzo said Thursday, when he joined the Red Sox’ radio team on WEEI during the final Grapefruit League game and discussed the exhibition.
“It’s a very quaint, very tiny, small, like 800-seat ballpark that we kind of spruced up a little bit and we’re really excited about playing over there.”
Tomorrow’s game will be broadcast on MASN, again, weather permitting, but tonight’s game is a wash.
The game will not be rescheduled. For additional information, please visit https://t.co/bLSp7cYRr2. (2/2)— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 31, 2017
Scherzer is scheduled to start tomorrow’s game, though there is, as of now, no word on whether today’s cancelation will change the Nationals’ plans...