It's been 20 years since the Angels had to deal with a rainout, so forgive the club if they're a little unsure of what to do when things get wet.

Sunday's rain-delayed game created the need for a doubleheader Monday. Problem: The grass was still wet, creating inhospitable conditions for playing two straight games of baseball.

Mother Nature wasn't doing the job of drying out the playing surface, so the Angels called in the police. And the police brought a helicopter.

Amazingly, this is not the first time the Angels have resorted to drying-by-helicopter. According to, the team brought in two choppers to dry out the field ahead of Opening Day in 1998.

"It scatters and does help dry, with the power," said Tim Mead, Angels vice president of communications, to

In fairness to the Angels, the chopper-drying worked well enough: Monday's first game started on time, and they walloped the Red Sox.

Taxpayers might not be thrilled, but the police helicopter gets the job done.

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