Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune reports that Joe Maddon and the Cubs are not at all pleased with AC/DC. And not simply because they haven’t put out anything listenable since “Stiff Upper Lip.” No, he’s mad at what they did to the turf and infield at Wrigley following their concert there on September 15:
“Since the AC/DC concert, we’ve had a little bit of trouble . . . I don’t know if they were out there taking ground balls before the game, or if they had nine-inch heels or spikes. They totally messed up the infield.”
The Cubs replaced the outfield grass as well. It looks OK on TV, but Cubs reporters were tweeting last Friday when the Cubs got back home that it appeared to be something of an uneven mess.
I realize that money talks, but allowing non-baseball events in ballparks during the baseball season is pretty lame. Whether it be for the turf like this or for the schedule, such as the Astros’ wonderful 1992 road trip to make room for the Republican National Convention. That was 26 games out on the road. That was bad enough as it was, but Pete Incavaglia was on that team. Can you imagine traveling for nearly four weeks with Pete Incavaglia? Talk about a Highway to Hell.
Anyway, here’s hoping things get smoothed out in time for the playoffs. Assuming, anyway, that the Cubs get a home playoff game.