August 24, 2014 9:39 am -

[su_right_ad]This past week baseball had a bit of an embarrassment as the grounds crew for the Chicago Cubs could not get the tarpaulin on the field in time once it started raining during a game against the San Francisco Giants.  The game was called, the Giants appealed, the commissioner’s office upheld the appeal.  Why was the grounds crew unable to perform?  They were understaffed.

The staffing issues that hamstrung the grounds crew Tuesday during a mad dash with the tarp under a sudden rainstorm were created in part by a wide-ranging reorganization last winter of game-day personnel, job descriptions and work limits designed to keep the seasonal workers – including much of the grounds crew – under 130 hours per month, according to numerous sources with direct knowledge.

That’s the full-time worker definition under “Obamacare,” which requires employer-provided healthcare benefits for “big businesses” such as a major league team.

It should be noted that the Cubs are the most profitable team in baseball and their owner is a partisan Republican.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

26 responses to Cubs’ Owner’s Hatred Of Obamacare Leads To Suspended Game

  1. crc3 August 24th, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Obama gets the blame for practically everything that goes wrong and no credit for anything that goes right. Not right politically but just right!!!

    • mdram August 24th, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      I stubbed my toe last night…thanks Obamacare!

      • Snick1946 August 26th, 2014 at 10:45 am

        I have a friend (Republican) who had an horrific accident last year and ran up terns of thousands of uncovered expenses- he only has Medicare, and stubbornly refused to consider buying any supplementation. Well guess who is blaming now for his predicament? Yep, Obama! ‘He messed up healthcare.’ There seems no end to the delusions.

  2. AlbtMka August 24th, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Tell the Cubs owner to grow a pair.

  3. maritzka August 24th, 2014 at 10:10 am

    They are spanking the citizens of this country for electing President Obama….TWICE. It’s in the Republican Rule Book.

  4. mea_mark August 24th, 2014 at 10:40 am

    Shouldn’t it be Cubs owner’s selfish greed leads to suspended game?

    • Stuart Shapiro August 24th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

      Sadly, selfish greed by a sports team owner hurting his team is not really news.

  5. jsutton August 24th, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Yup. Selfish greed. Healthcare for inferiors? Nonsense. Let them fend for themselves and they’ll learn independence.

  6. ChrisVosburg August 24th, 2014 at 11:28 am

    There was a lot of snickering at the Cubs groundskeeping crew Tuesday night, as they struggled with the tarp, because it is one of the oddities of Major League Baseball that a rained-out game is ruled to be a complete game if 4 1/2 innings have been played, and the Cubs were leading 2-0 when the rain came as the Giants were about to come to bat in the bottom of the fifth.

    So, it looked at the time like foot-dragging; an effort to insure that the game would be a victory for Cubs, and sure enough, the game was called at midnight and the Cubs declared the winner when it appeared that no amount of Diamond Dry, which is like kitty litter for baseball fields, would soak up the wet which resulted from the apparent inability of the crew to tarp-haul.

    As a result of the Giants protest, the Cubs victory was ruled invalid by MLB, and the game was suspended, which meant that the game was resumed on Thursday (immediately preceding the game originally scheduled for that date).

    The Giants lost anyway, 2-1.

    In its ruling declaring the suspension, MLB cited the fact that the tarp was improperly coiled and stored in its previous use as the reason for the crew’s inability to get it on with the tarp. Obamacare was not cited in the determination, for some reason.

  7. fancypants August 24th, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    according to bruce Levine of WSCR670am ( a radio station I trust ) the grounds crew was mistakenly sent home because of a weather outlook mistake earlier in the day. There were no layoffs or “obamacare” issues reported.

    Full story…

    • Budda August 24th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      But is it not true that the grounds crews are kept under 130 hours a month? If so, the reason why would appear quite obvious.

      The Cubs owners, who are multi-BILLIONAIRES can easily afford a couple of thousand for health care I would think.

      • fancypants August 24th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        im just replying to this particular day. It appears the grounds crew was there or ready to work but it also appears to be a rule they can be sent home if they are not needed.
        if you need more info ? email bruce Levine (above link ) im sure he will get back to you, ive been listening to this station for over 20 years.

        • Budda August 24th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

          The point i’m trying to make is that the employees are kept under 130 hours/month for a reason…and that reason is probably because some Billionaires are either cheap ba$tards , RW fools or both.

          • Jack Steen August 25th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

            The Ragpicking Ricketts Family supports Bruce “Ragpicker” Rauner for Governor of Illinois – – you know – – you guy that says “…not all jobs belong in the US !”

          • fancypants August 25th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

            its either rauner or Quinn ( again ) Either way Don’t expect better paying jobs anytime soon

  8. M D Reese August 24th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    The phrase “Penny wise and Pound foolish” comes to mind.

    • Nicholas Russell Harris August 25th, 2014 at 3:55 pm

      Or Penny Wise and Dollar Dumb. . .either way extremely stupid

  9. RioBravoHombre August 24th, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Stupid, worthless workers…who needs ’em? Oh…wait…they’re needed to work?

  10. vietnamvet67 August 25th, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    This is the consequence of Obama Socialist Heath Care . you wanted to be raise by The Mulato Negro , Socialist , Radical Muslim . and an illegal at that .

  11. Rixar13 McGinnis August 25th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This explains why my Chicago buddy is crazy, he is a Cubs Fan… rolling eyes

  12. Jack Steen August 25th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    Ever since the ugly Ricketts family has infected Wrigley Field with their greed, the loyal Chicago Cubs fans have held their noses – and their wallets – and stayed home to watch the team go down the toilet as the Ragpickers attempt to squeeze every dime they can out of the ballpark, the city, and the fans.

    This news UNDERLINES why the Chicago Cubs will REMAIN IN THE SHITTER as long as the Ragpicking Ricketts Family has ANYTHING to do with them.

    • Snick1946 August 25th, 2014 at 9:18 pm

      And the owner’s son- Pete Ricketts- is the GOP candidate for governor of Nebraska this Fall. So much for any cooperation with the feds on health care issues such as Medicaid expansion. Of course he has real cute ads..

  13. Alex August 25th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    The Cubs suck! Go Giants!

  14. Dam Spahn August 26th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    No wonder the Cubs can’t win. I lose too if I had to play for some GOP Freak Job.

  15. AnthonyLook August 28th, 2014 at 1:52 am

    So this cheap loser is whining that he doesn’t even offer full time jobs and benefits to his employees and blames someone/anyone else for his idiotic misfortune. Arrogance is as blissful as ignorance.

  16. rg9rts September 1st, 2014 at 9:54 am

    That says a lot about the mentality of the ownership….idiot