The storm that rolled into Chicago on Tuesday night didn’t last long: only 14 minutes, according to the Associated Press. But that was long enough to make a complete mess of things, thanks to a rather Cubs-ian effort from the team’s grounds crew.
Chicago led the San Francisco Giants, 2-0, when the rain put a halt to things in the middle of the fifth inning. In came the grounds crew. Let’s just say they missed a spot.
This is not how you cover an infield with a tarp, Cubs pic.twitter.com/ODZeKr4wQo
— Ann Frazier (@annfrazi) August 20, 2014
That 14-minute downpour turned into a 4 1/2-hour delay after the infield understandably flooded. And, despite heroic efforts of a guy with a leafblower …
… and lots and lots of Diamond Dry …
— Amanda Kaschube (@amandakaschube) August 20, 2014
… the umpires deemed the field unplayable and awarded the Cubs the victory, much to the chagrin of Giants Manager Bruce Bochy, who called it “a long, frustrating night,” especially with his team falling 4 1/2 games behind the Dodgers in the NL West after the somewhat undeserved loss. An unnamed Giants official told the Associated Press that the team would likely protest the game to Major League Baseball.
Naturally, the Cubs tarp now has a Twitter account, with one glorious tweet:
— Cubs Tarp (@CubsTarp1) August 20, 2014