Sure, the rule changes that they implemented helped speed up the game and allowed teams to score more runs, but where the sport really gets exciting is when it gets delayed by rain. So I’m saying that baseball only gets interesting when it’s not being played…probably not the best review I could give.
Anyways, you’ll see what I’m talking about when you watch this absolutely electric video. The commentary provided by the San Francisco Giants analysts definitely add to it, though the visuals of the “tarp monster” claiming a victim is pretty solid by itself.
If you’ve ever been to a baseball game and they pull out the tarp, you know that it’s hard to find a worse gut feeling as a fan. I went to a game once in Atlanta where they pulled the tarp out over the diamond, kept it there and delayed the game for two hours, then ended up calling the game, and it never even rained a drop.
I was certainly upset when that happened, but my experience would have easily been improved if I got to see something like this unfold. As the grounds crew in Cincinnati started to pull the massive tarp over the infield, one unlucky crew member got tripped up and fell down as they were running.
You might think that they all would have stopped so that they didn’t leave the person behind, but that’s not what happened at all. Everyone pulling on the tarp just kept running full sprint, leaving the grounds crew worker to army crawl out from underneath the heavy tarp.
Take a look, and make sure to listen to the hilarious commentary by the baseball announcers: