Major League sports teams and wildly famous bands have long shared venues. Stadiums frequently host rock stars one night and their home team the next, but this shared turf can get a little tricky. According to Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, the field hasn’t been the same since AC/DC performed at Wrigley Field on 9/15.
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 9-inch heels or spikes. They totally messed up the infield, and it has nothing to do with the groundskeepers. I’ve seen a bad hop at third, and a bad hop at second. I didn’t see one bad hop all year. We just got to get it ironed out because I think Starlin has done a nice job at second base. I don’t want anyone blaming him on that error. It was a weird hop.
Maddon is referring to a ground ball by Adam Lind that took a tricky hop during Monday night’s game against the Brewers, which resulted in second baseman Starlin Castro being charged with a fielding error. That was an infield incident, but Maddon reserved his strongest concerns for Wrigley’s outfield.
“It’s not even,” Casto said. “Some places are long, some are short. It’s not like it used to look.”
One could say the outfield is… the highway to hell?