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Bruce Bochy ‘frustrated’ over called game

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The San Francisco Giants suffered their most frustrating loss of the season on Tuesday night, mainly because they had basically no control over the outcome. After the Chicago Cubs grounds crew failed to pull the tarp over the infield during a torrential downpour in the fifth inning, the game was eventually called due to unplayable conditions.

A massive pool of standing water remained behind second base after the rain stopped. Workers poured drying agent onto the infield and worked for about two hours before both managers and the crew chief deemed the field still unplayable. After another inspection at 11:15 p.m. and again after midnight, the game was called.

The Cubs are in last place and out of the playoff hunt. The Giants, on the other hand, are 4.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers for first place in the NL West. The Dodgers won and picked up another game on San Francisco. The Giants are also now tied for the second NL Wild Card spot. Bruce Bochy was not pleased.

“Look, I’m frustrated, beside myself,” Bochy told reporters, via Mark Gonzalez of The Chicago Tribune. “It’s probably not in the right frame of mind. It’s my last (recourse). I hope they listen and watch how what happened there because in this day and time it shouldn’t happen, can’t happen, I think, with the importance of these games. I’m going to leave it at that.”

Cubs president Theo Epstein insisted that the Cubs also wanted to finish the game and even tried to have it suspended so that the rest could be played on Wednesday. However, MLB rules would only allow the game to be suspended if there was an automatic tarp malfunction. Because the issue was caused by human error and the game had gone at least four and a half innings, it was officially in the books.

File that one under “Things You’ll Probably Never See Again.”

Cubs tarp problems result in shortened game, Cubs win (Video)

The Chicago Cubs ground crew struggled putting the tarp on the field during a rain delay in the fifth inning of Tuesday’s Cubs-Giants, but their issues actually benefited the Cubs in the standings.

The crew’s inability to properly cover the infield led to the dirt absorbing so much water that it became unplayable. It wasn’t until a second attempt (seen below) that the crew finally covered the field entirely, but their efforts were too late.

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The Cubs and Giants waited through a 4:34 rain delay before umpires decided to call the game. The Cubs were leading the Giants 2-0 in the middle of the fifth inning and got credit for the win (games have to go a minimum of four and a half innings to be called).

While Giants fans will no doubt throw a fit over this one, Cubs fans loved it. In the top video, you can hear them chant “pull, pull, pull!” as the crew battled with the tarp. In the video below, they ironically cheer, “USA! USA! USA!” as the crew finally gets it right.

Cubs sue fake ‘Billy Cub’ mascot who got in bar fight

As if the Chicago Cubs don’t already have enough to worry about with improving their last-place team, now they have to worry about legal matters with unauthorized mascots.

Billy Cub mascotExactly one year ago we passed along a story about the Cubs sending a cease and desist letter to a man who was parading around Wrigleyville as an unauthorized mascot. The man, John Paul Weier, wears a furry costume and Cubs jersey with the name “Billy Cub” on the back. He recruited others to wear the mascot as well, and they show up around Wrigley Field to take pictures with fans, dance with them, and do other things.

But their behavior hasn’t been that of a typical mascot.

The Cubs allege that the men charge for pictures and ask for tips. They also allegedly have made rude, profane and derogatory remarks to fans and season ticket holders. The “Billy Cub” mascot is not affiliated with the team and therefore making the organization look bad, the team says. And that is why they filed a lawsuit Friday.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs filed a lawsuit against Weier and his mascot friends, saying the men are not affiliated with the organization and that they are violating the team’s trademarks by using the character to mislead people. What’s worse is that the men are accused of trying to profit off the fake mascot character.

The Sun-Times says the suit alleges that “Weier owns or operates websites and social media accounts dedicated to promoting the Billy Cub character, and has sold merchandise related to the character.”

The Cubs are suing for damages, legal fees and all the profits the men have made from the character on grounds of trademark infringement, deceptive trade practice and injury to the Cubs’ reputation.

Surely you laugh at the thought that a fake mascot harming the Cubs’ reputation more than the Cubs have already done by not winning a World Series since 1908 … but a video of the Billy Cub punching a guy at a bar went viral a few months ago, and that’s definitely something the Cubs don’t want to be associated with. Then when you combine them mistreating fans or charging for things, that’s enough to tick off an organization. It’s clear the guy behind the “Billy Cub” is being a real jackass. The Cubs are going to win this suit and should.

Next up I hope the Cubs sue this TV network for making their mascot look even worse!

Head over to Page 2 to see many pictures of Billy Cub posing with fans.

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Cubs scoreboard operator falls asleep

The Chicago Cubs defeated the New York Mets in a 2-1 pitchers’ duel on Tuesday night that was apparently too much for a certain scoreboard operator to handle. In the top of the fifth inning, one of the guys who sits behind the manual scoreboard at Wrigley Field was caught on camera catching some Z’s.

Of course, Mets broadcaster Keith Hernandez couldn’t resist sharing his thoughts.

“Ohhh, he’s fired,” Hernandez said while chuckling. “Sorry pal, your supervisor will be calling you shortly.”

Those manual scoreboards can take a lot out of you, though I’m guessing the Cubs have more than one employee operating that massive thing. One thing’s for sure — the guy who fell asleep is ready to leave all the nostalgia of Wrigley Field in the rearview and catch up with the times.

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Cubs threw 400-pound Wrigley Field cake in a dumpster

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Wrigley Field turned 100 years old on Wednesday, and the Chicago Cubs celebrated in a variety of ways. The one that got the most attention across the internet was the 400-pound birthday cake the team put on display outside the ballpark. The cake, which was a Wrigley Field replica, was created by Carlo’s Bakery. If you have watched “Cake Boss,” you are probably familiar with Carlo’s.

The 4-foot by 5-foot cake was reportedly created by four people and took six days to complete. Talk about a keeper, right? Wrong. The person who was supposedly in charge of disposing of the massive cake posted several photos of it on Reddit after the game. It wound up dismantled and in a dumpster:

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Cubs: Sammy Sosa needs to make amends before returning to Wrigley Field

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Though he is not as beloved as some other franchise icons like Ryne Sandberg, Sammy Sosa was one of the most productive players in Chicago Cubs history. From 1992-2004, Sosa belted 293 home runs at Wrigley Field, including the 1998 season where he and Mark McGwire both broke Roger Maris’ record of 61 home runs in a season. You think that that type of production would make him welcome to return to Wrigley Field for all events, but that’s not the case.

Sosa was not invited Wednesday when the Cubs held festivities to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Wrigley Field. A team spokesperson said Sosa needs to make amends with the franchise first.

“There are some things Sammy needs to look at and consider prior to having an engagement with the team,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said.

ESPN Chicago says one of the things Sosa needs to do is apologize to some of his former teammates for his actions at the end of the 2004 season. Sosa sat out the final game of the season and left the stadium before the game ended. He was traded to the Baltimore Orioles after the season.

The team has interest in mending things with the Cubs. Sosa also said last year that he would like to have his jersey retired by the team.

Let’s just hope they’ve made it clear to Sosa what they’re hoping and expecting to see from him. If they’re just waiting for Sosa to come out of nowhere and apologize to former teammates, it’s probably not going to happen.

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Fake Cubs mascot Billy Cub punches a dude in a bar (Video)

Billy-Cub-bar-fightYou know that unofficial Chicago Cubs mascot that Major League Baseball sent a cease and desist letter to last season? Apparently it didn’t work. The friendly(?) bear known as “Billy Cub” is alive, well and punching dudes in bars for trying to screw with him.

Billy was interacting with fans in a bar outside Wrigley Field over the weekend when some jokester came up behind him and snatched his head off. We don’t know why the thief thought this would be a good idea, but Billy reacted by socking him in the face. He then got into an altercation with another person before exiting the building.

We’re not sure if this was Billy Cub creator John Paul Weier or one of his disciples, but the exchange probably isn’t going to make the Cubs happy. One of the Billy Cub characters has already been accused of using racially-insensitive language and getting into arguments with fans over tips. Bar fights, whether started by Billy Cub or not, are not going to help his case.

Video via Deadspin