The Chicago Cubs Grounds Crew: They Fought the Tarp and the Tarp Won (Videos)
Turns out the Chicago Cubs grounds crew takes care of the field just like the team plays baseball: very, very poorly.
But seriously, folks…
Last night the Cubs were up 2-0 on the Giants when the game was delayed by rain in the top of the fifth inning. Four hours later, when it was determined that the game could not continue, the Cubs were declared the winners per MLB rules, which say a game becomes “official” after just 4½ innings if the home team is winning.
On paper that’s an unfortunate outcome for the Giants, who are in the middle of a pennant race and can’t really afford to lose. However, in actuality it was much more than unfortunate. It was absolutely ridiculous and good cause for outrage.
Why outrage? Because you see, it didn’t rain for four hours. It rained for just 15 minutes. However, the Cubs grounds crew, whose most important job on any given night is putting the tarp on the field when it rains, took 20 long, pathetic, embarrassing minutes to get the job done.
Here’s a supercut of the debacle narrated by the Giants announcers who, suffice to say, were not impressed:
The Giants weren’t the only ones frustrated with the grounds crew, though. Here’s a video of Cubs fans booing the grounds crew, then egging them on with chants of “PULL! PULL!”:
And here’s another, in which you can hear the chants of “PULL! PULL!” turn into chants of “USA! USA!”:
So that’s how the Cubs beat the Giants on Tuesday night. I guess it was only a matter of time before their incompetence actually won them a game.
Hat Tip – [Deadspin]