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The Cubs are giving rain checks to fans at last night’s game. That was not postponed.

Aug 20, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

Say what you want about the rule which, it appears anyway, will prevent last night’s Cubs-Giants game from being resumed, but at least the Cubs themselves have been pretty standup about it all. Last night they offered — vainly, but admirably — to just agree to suspend the game and resume it at a later date even though that wasn’t actually allowable. They wanted to be fair to the Giants.

And now they’re doing a solid for the fans too:

They don’t have to do that — it was an official game and they can just move on if they want — but it’s good to see the good customer service here.

  1. blindredhat - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Well, to be fair, since the Cubs aren’t drawing diddley these days, they definitely wouldn’t mind filling some of those seats, even gratis, and selling some concessions and merchandise in the process.

    • rmalmstrom - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      They’re 11th in attendance, averaging 32,726 per game.

      • jsala02 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:03 PM

        You can skew numbers, watch a game a see the empty seats

      • kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:09 PM

        The stadium is 80% full, on average. That seems pretty good, and it’s not really possible to skew an average attendance number?

      • wjarvis - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Well it is easy to bias the attendance numbers since it’s usually done by tickets sold as opposed to fans present. For a team with the Cubs record they are drawing plenty of fans, and about as well as can be expected. They’re 11th in total attendance but 9th in percentage of available seats sold, more than a few playoff contenders are jealous.

    • SocraticGadfly - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      Concessions, hell. Pass out bottles of that Cubs-themed horsetrough urinal vodka we read about last week.

    • tigersfandan - Aug 20, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      I went to a Cubs games earlier this year. It was very well attended.

  2. pete2112 - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Craig, this would be a good time for you to write an apology story to the Cubs grounds crew while we’re at it. Show them a solid.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Why should I apologize? They messed up. I noted that they messed up. Not much to apologize for, frankly.

      One thing I have not seen from all of you people who are bent out of shape at my posting on this is anything approaching a defense to the job the grounds crew did. I’m still waiting for that.

      • pete2112 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        I just think you’re being a little on them.

      • pete2112 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        I just think you’re being a little hard on them.

      • pete2112 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        I’ll apologize for my typo and sort of double post.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        This happened less than one month ago and you didn’t care.

        Why so angry all of a sudden?

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:19 PM

        They pulled it on straight, actually, and were simply met with heavy rain that came so fast it got weighed down before they could get it across. The Cubs pulled their tarp on crooked, dooming the operation from the start.

        One: act of nature. Other: a mistake.

      • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        And who said I am angry, anyway?

      • psukardi - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:30 PM

        So the cubs grounds crew failed to put on a tarp. Far better than failing at a marriage. Maybe you can have your daughter write another guest post and explain why mommy doesn’t love daddy anymore

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:31 PM

        Both Mother Nature. Suddenly breaking it down now like you’re some kind of grounds crew expert is disingenuous to an extreme.

        Four articles in one day either about or mentioning this one little thing? Ridiculous.

        You’re obviously quite angry today, all caps shouting, ranting about it. You even stooped to the lowest possible internet troll device that there is – suggesting I get anger management therapy. There’s nothing weaker than that. You can’t stoop any lower, you can’t summon a lower class or more empty retort, because it’s not possible.

        I’m not going to judge your 7 year body of work on one terrible week – but boy oh boy are you having one terrible week.

      • psukardi - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        It’s OK – He’ll go back to his white liberal guilt and have some rant on how the Indians should be banished from MLB because of their mascot while sitting at home doing the Tomahawk Chop

      • Bob Loblaw - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Not that it makes it 100% right, but I heard Steve Phillips on Sirius this morning and he said the fault was with the umpires for taking too long to call for the tarps to begin with. He said while the decision to wait during a rain delay is with the home team, the initial decision to get the tarps on the field is with the umpires and they did a bad job.

        Take that for what it is worth…..

      • cubfan531 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        They also spent the next four hours working their butts off trying to fix that mistake. They knew they screwed up, and they did everything in their power to fix that mistake.

        Also at no point did you even consider the possibility that Hunter Wendelstedt waited too long to make the call for the tarp to be pulled – which he did. There were a lot of factors that went into this debacle. I’m not saying the grounds crew is without fault, but by no means is it entirely theirs, as you would have us believe.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:07 PM


        No need to apologize.

        Folks rag on stars, pro players etc… because they make a lot of money.

        Many people defend the “little guy”, even when they’re wrong, just because they relate to them.

        It’s about taking and being accountable for ones actions.

        They messed up. Period.

        It’s fair game to call them out on that.

  3. Bob Loblaw - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Perfect grammar Craig. Tell the truth…you went over this post like 10 times to make sure it was 100% accurate, didn’t you??? Didn’t you???? I want the truth!!!!!

    • simon94022 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      I’m sure there’s someone out there who is scandalized by Craig’s use of dashes and of a conjunction to begin one sentence.

      Clearly these choices reflect Craig’s deep and unresolved personal anger issues.

  4. bkbell3 - Aug 20, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Wow, a writer who constantly criticizes owners,players,front offices,umps ground crews etc. with a thin skin,who knew? “Don’t dish it out if you can’t take it.” “If you can’t take the heat get out of the… Oh, you get the idea. smh

  5. watchfullhose - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Buncha Judgy McJudgersons up in here.

  6. geoknows - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Craig, I hope you permanently ban commenter psukardi (above) for the uncalled-for personal attack. We neither need nor want idiots like that around here; they lower the property value.

    • Craig Calcaterra - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      I’m not going to ban him. I can take his bullshit. I’d rather keep him and his comment around because I think it says far more about him than it says about me.

  7. Stiller43 - Aug 20, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    Thats cool i guess, but if just means people that otherwise wouldnt be sitting in those seats buying $9 dollar beers and $7 dollar hot dogs now will be.

    The cubs are getting more out of it than the fans are.

  8. zebbers - Aug 20, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    Update: Game has now been ruled undecided and will be played from the time it ended on Wed. or Thurs.

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