The Giants-Cubs game that nearly ended prematurely because of a tarp issue may have been resolved, but there appears to be a new wrinkle in the Tarpageddon saga.
When the Chicago Cubs defended their grounds crew Thursday, explaining their failure to properly apply the tarp during a heavy burst of rain when the Giants visited Wrigley Field Tuesday night, they cited short staffing saying they had sent home many of their grounds crew earlier in the day.
But according to the Chicago-Sun times, the reduced staff was part of a wider reorganization in an attempt to circumvent president Barack Obama's new healthcare mandates concerning big businesses as defined by the Affordable Care Act:
"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."
The tarp issue which flooded the infield initially led to umpires calling Tuesday's game a 2-0 Cubs victory after 4 1/2 innings before Major League Baseball upheld the Giants' protest to have the game suspended.
The Giants would go on to lose that game 2-1 after it was resumed on Thursday afternoon.