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Mother Nature wreaks havoc at U.S. Cellular Field (video)

Jun 22, 2011, 1:42 AM EST

Mother Nature wreaked havoc on U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday night, as a wild thunderstorm hit the contest between the White Sox and the Cubs, causing a 1 hour, 44-minute delay.

Heavy winds made it difficult to get the tarp on the field, leaving the infield a muddy mess for crews to battle after the rain finally stopped.  If you watch the video above, you can see it’s a miracle they got the tarp on at all, as it took quite an effort just to get things under control.

Aside from the weather, there were some notable things from the game itself, which the White Sox won 3-2, thanks to a sacrifice fly by Brent Morel in the seventh inning.

  • Paul Konerko continued his hot streak, hitting a home run for the fifth straight game. It was his 21st of the season and came off Matt Garza in the second inning. The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, shared by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly and Dale Long.
  • In a far more random stat, White Sox starter Mark Buehrle came up short in his bid to earn his major league-best 25th interleague win. Buehrle left the game with a 2-1 lead, but Jesse Crain came on after the delay and surrendered a game-tying sac fly to Aramis Ramirez.
  • Adam Dunn, who is hitting .175, went 0-for-4 and struck out twice. He has now whiffed 91 times in 217 at-bats this season. Dunn has walked 41 times, though, leading Ozzie Guillen to quip: “I should put Dunn at leadoff because he’s the one who gets on base the most, but instead of striking out four (times), he might strike out six (times).”
  1. cogitobaseballergosum - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:07 AM
    • cogitobaseballergosum - Jun 22, 2011 at 2:09 AM

      Most intellegent comment I’ve made in a long time….

  2. purdueman - Jun 22, 2011 at 6:08 AM

    This clown doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about. There were 2 out in the top of the 6th when the storm hit (an official game at that point); if the field was a “muddy mess”, there’s no way that the umps would have allowed play to resume.

    US Cellular’s field is one of the fastest, most efficient draining fields in all of baseball, but you can’t make the clay portion of the infield drain like you can grass so the Sox grounds crew had to use a few more bags of field dry on it, but once the tarp was lifted off the game got underway so quickly (after almost a 2 hour delay), that WGN America TV got caught with their pants down around their ankles and had to resume coverage via tape delay a batter or two behind what was actually occurring down on the field.

  3. bigleagues - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    They had it easy. Where I worked the stadium was located at the highest location in the region (and located about 10 miles north of the ocean).

    We often had heavy winds that came with rain storms. It appears they have about 30 people pulling tarp. We were sometimes lucky to assemble 15 to do it.

    One such time we had sustained wind gusts over 40 MPH. And just our luck, we had about 10 people to pull tarp and a handful of them had never pulled before.

    The key in these wind storms is keeping the lips of the tarp as low to the ground as possible so as to minimize the amount of wind that may get underneath. But that, of course, makes it more difficult for people who aren’t used to pulling in the first place.

    The first attempt was a disaster. We pull from RF to 3B line. As we ran across the field, two people pulling along the 1B line let go during a gust (for fear they would be pulled into the air and flung). Next thing ya know, the far part of the tarp is in LF and those of us still holding on are being pulled in that direction.

    Then the lightening got closer, and the rain started pouring. It took two more attempts before everyone finally understood how to hold on. The infield was already soaked, and the downpour was so heavy that it was puddled before we ever got the tarp secured.

    Ballgame over . . . before it began.

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