While Major League Baseball officially faulted the Cubs grounds crew for how the tarp was wound before the game the other night, the Cubs, not surprisingly, have their guys’ backs. Paul Sullivan of the Tribune reports the comments of the team spokesman:
Additional comments from the team explain that the crew was short-staffed as well, and why that was. I presume the staffing policy is something the team will quietly reevaluate.
I think that’s good form from the team. While I was critical of the grounds crew and stand by that criticism -- and while Major League Baseball was critical as well -- replaying the game makes up for the damage done. And it’d be silly to expect the team to beat on its own guys, even if the resumption of the game -- which the Cubs wanted to happen as well -- had to, by the rules, be premised on the crew’s mistakes.
So play ball in Wrigley. And hope for clear skies.