The Washington Times - June 3, 2009, 10:05PM

Stan Kasten just came into the press box and announced that tonight’s game will be played, provided the rain stops in the next 15 minutes or so as expected.

The field is not in good shape, but Kasten said it will drain in about 30 minutes. The decision was made in consultation with Giants president Larry Baer and both teams’ managers.


The transcript of Kasten’s conversation:

“First of all, this field is going to drain once the rain stops, which it should now in 15 minutes. Probably all of you have your own radars, and you know that once this rain stops it’s clear after that.

“Because of the significance of the game and the people that came for this game in particular, and because tomorrow afternoon looks quite problematic with rain as well, we’re going to get this game in tonight. We’re going to try very hard. It’s going to stop, we think, in 15 or 20 minutes. The field should take 30 minutes to fully drain and be clean and ready to go. And we’re going to play the game.

“We have a series of tough choices here, but Larry and I are both in agreement on what to do. We’ve been conferring with the managers. We’ve been conferring with the umpires. It’s a horrible inconvenience for those fans. But it’s a greater inconvenience for the fans who took pains to come here tonight and wanted to see a game. We’re always mindful of trying to play the game if there’s any way we can, and we think we’re going to be able to do it, as tough as these conditions are.”