80-mph winds send tarp out of control at minor league game

Storm cloud hangs over downtown Chicago skyline Monday, June 30, 2014, as rain and high winds were moving into Illinois from Iowa. (Kiichiro Sato/Associated Press)

At Veterans Memorial Stadium, home of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the game Monday was tied at 3-3 through nine innings when the severe weather rampaging through the Midwest arrived. The grounds crew scurried out and tried to spread a tarp over the field, but soon the situation became unmanageable. Eighty-mile-an-hour winds whipped across the stadium, blowing the tarp in all directions, including over several crew members.

According to a report at kcrg.com, among the injuries suffered by the crew were three concussions.

“It was total chaos,” said Kernels head groundskeeper Jesse Roeder. “Someone very easily could have broken their neck or been very seriously injured.”

In the report, Roeder added, ““All I remember is [the tarp] came up from behind me, smacked me in the head and knocked me and other people down. People were trying to crawl out from underneath it, we had some of my guys trying to get people out from underneath it. Then it starts pouring rain.”

From the look of that video, and the first-hand accounts of the incident, it is quite fortunate that no one was more seriously hurt.

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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Des Bieler · July 1, 2014