Considering they are currently toting a record of 33-69 and are a solid 21 games out of first place in the NL Central, it would be tough for the Houston Astros to blame a loss on anyone but themselves. Rarely does a baseball team get a chance to blame U2 for their misfortunes, but if the opportunity presents itself you might as well strike.
The Cardinals hosted a U2 concert at Busch Stadium recently while St. Louis was on a road trip. As a result, the stadium’s grass had to be torn up and replaced with a new surface from Colorado that was installed at night during cool temperatures. It was known beforehand that the new surface could be a little tricky and play a little quicker than usual, but the Astros were still caught off guard. Hunter Pence fell running in on a fly ball that became a triple and Michael Bourn fell trying to field a ball in center field. Jose Altuve fell rounding first on a single and Jason Bourgeois had a ball skip away from him, forcing an error.
“I didn’t expect it to be tough until I fell down,” Pence said. “We knew there was a new sod and ground balls were going to be tougher. We really didn’t expect all the slipping to go down.”