Last straw: ObamaCare now ruining baseball

posted at 7:21 pm on August 22, 2014 by Mary Katharine Ham

America’s pastime, a rainy night, an embarrassing grounds crew snafu in the president’s hometown, and one of the culprits? Obamacare*, according to some Chicago Sun-Times sources.

When a heavy flash rainstorm interrupted a game at Wrigley Field Tuesday night in the 5th inning, the Cubs were up two on wildcard hopefuls, the San Francisco Giants. But as the rain fell, the grounds crew was unable to coax the giant tarp across the entire infield. Nowhere to be seen is the lickety-split efficiency characteristic of MLB groundskeepers, but a team struggling under the ever-increasing weight of an increasingly rain-soaked tarp lying awkwardly caddy wampus across the field. Fans can be heard chanting, “Pull! Pull! Pull!” but to not much avail. Here’s video of their struggles respectfully set to Benny Hill music (Sorry, guys):

As CBS Chicago reported, the result was “A field that was an absolute mess, one that after dozens and dozens of bags of a drying agent and a 4 hour, 34-minute delay still wasn’t playable.” The game was called and the Cubs initially awarded the 2-0 W, but the Giants then launched one of the only successful protests in recent MLB memory. The game was resumed Thursday, and the Giants won 5-3.

But what caused the problem? Mere surprise weather system or the unintended consequences of overbearing regulation**?

Add the Affordable Care Act – or, specifically, the big-business Cubs’ response to it – to the causes behind Tuesday night’s tarp fiasco and rare successful protest by the San Francisco Giants.

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.

“Cheap,” said one of three high-ranking officials from other organizations the Sun-Times contacted Thursday – all of whom fall below the Cubs on Forbes’ annual revenues list.

For their part, the Cubs deny staffing changes, saying that a fair night turned stormy foiled them after they sent some grounds crew home based on a bad forecast.

“Staffing, hours and scheduling had absolutely nothing to do with Tuesday’s freak occurrence,” Green said. “There was no rain in the forecast, the umpires saw no rain in the forecast. This was an exercise that is done before every game. Typically if there is rain in the forecast, the morning facilities crew stays on to assist the night game crew.

“In this case, since there was no rain in the forecast, so the morning crew was not on hand. This is typically why if there’s a game a rain system is coming, you may see upwards of 20 or 25 people on the field. In this case we had adequate numbers. There were enough guys to pull the tarp.

“Unfortunately with this freak occurrence weather system, along with the mishap with the roller, it unfortunately led to a lengthy delay. The good news is per the rules in baseball… it was resolved.”

The president’s a White Sox fan, guys. His baseball church is the well-known, ahem, Cominskey Field. No need to make excuses for the destruction he has wrought upon this storied star in America’s constellation of beautiful baseball parks in this, its centenary. This may very well have been the plan all along, Cloward-Piven style***.

*Troll-lol-lol.
**Trolling so hard right now.
***Triple flip troll dismount, stuck the landing


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It cost me my job and benefits…still looking after 7 months…

ladyingray on August 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Man, I love this. And it happens to the Cubbies…naturally.

USNCVN on August 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

So this wasn’t an Obamacare snafu?

Walter L. Newton on August 22, 2014 at 7:27 PM

It cost me my job and benefits…still looking after 7 months…

ladyingray on August 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Wow. Roughly the same time frame here: January 31st is when I was laid off. I’m still looking also …

Mark Boabaca on August 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM

The Curse of the Obama Goat

faraway on August 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Well done, MKH!!

Loved the video, too…very nice touch… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on August 22, 2014 at 7:33 PM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark. She sometimes tries so hard to sound clever that you forget what the point of the article was.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Sometimes we wish you were banned.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Through his arrogance and stupidity Obama is causing devastation over an extensive portion of the earth.

VorDaj on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Scratch that. There’s no “sometimes” involved.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:36 PM

The game was resumed Thursday, and the Giants won 5-3.

The third game in the series played after the makeup was won by San Francisco 5-3. The Cubs held on for the makeup innings and won the game 2-1.

Lay-Z on August 22, 2014 at 7:38 PM

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Oh come on! That was a Triple flip troll dismount and she stuck the landing! Who else can do that?

HotAirian on August 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

Through his arrogance and stupidity Obama is causing devastation over an extensive portion of the earth.

VorDaj on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Obama told you (and everyone who cared to listen) what he was and who he was. There’s no stupidity inherent in the plan. Single payor. Bring America down to the level of everyone else. Energy prices that skyrocketed. Higher taxes not in the interest of anything but “Fairness”. “Neighborliness”. If the electorate had any intelligence, the democrats would be reduced to the black districts and a couple of others like Hollywood & sillycone valley. It’s working like a charm.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Benny….my man!

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 7:41 PM

Ladyingray on August 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Mark Boabaca on August 22, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Where do you live, and whats your background?

Seriously. You never know.

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Benny Hill music=Yakety Sax

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Sometimes we wish you were banned.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Only sometimes.

RickB on August 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Anti-Midas effect has all sorts of consequences.

rbj on August 22, 2014 at 7:44 PM

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Oh come on! That was a Triple flip troll dismount and she stuck the landing! Who else can do that?

HotAirian on August 22, 2014 at 7:39 PM

To be fair, MKH always trolls bg and I do mean always.

RickB on August 22, 2014 at 7:45 PM

you forget what the point of the article was.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

I don’t think we can help you with this. Liberalism is a mental disorder. Repent.

faraway on August 22, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Benny Hill music=Yakety Sax

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

That’s Boots Randolph, dingus! :P

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Show your support for Officer Darien Wilson and send a message to all the race pimps. especially Eric Holder and the despicable MSM.

https://www.gofundme.com/OfficerWilsonFundraiser

they lie on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I don’t want bluegill banned.

I want nonpartisan banned. And Rothman. And anyone with a beard and no mustache, ’cause it bugs me. And people who pronounce the “h” in “abominable.”

And I’m pretty sure I should go.

Also cozmo.

. . . wait, I’ll just make a list.

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

If it’s just raining, why delay the game? Honest question.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Sometimes the decent folk here wish you would cut back on the concern trolling and attention begging.

cozmo on August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

I don’t want bluegill banned.

I want nonpartisan banned. And Rothman. And anyone with a beard and no mustache, ’cause it bugs me. And people who pronounce the “h” in “abominable.”

And I’m pretty sure I should go.

Also cozmo.

. . . wait, I’ll just make a list.

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

How do you know that bg doesn’t have a beard and no moustache.

RickB on August 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

And anyone with a beard and no mustache,

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

You mean Obama.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

There’s too much white space on this blog. It’s racist. Ban yourself.

faraway on August 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

Obama Reverse Midas Syndrome in action.

Socratease on August 22, 2014 at 7:51 PM

Honest question.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Because its not football.

cozmo on August 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Judge,

Left some chin muzak for you in the “Its come to this” headline.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

You people give Obama way too much credit anyway. This monstrosity was sitting in Henry Waxman’s and John Dingell’s desk for a couple of decades just waiting for the right moment when the electorate was stupid enough to give them enough power. May anybody who voted for Obama and democrats in 08 rot in hell.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Left some chin muzak for you in the “Its come to this” headline.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Yew wrang?

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:55 PM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark. She sometimes tries so hard to sound clever that you forget what the point of the article was.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

durp reding iz harrd

dmacleo on August 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM

You mean Obama.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:49 PM

The man stopped the oceans from rising — what do you people want!

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

I feel left out. its high school all over again :(
:)

dmacleo on August 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

. . . wait, I’ll just make a list.

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

People who write quite for quiet.
People with boom cars.

crankyoldlady on August 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

I still don’t see how this had ANYTHING to do with Obamacare?

Walter L. Newton on August 22, 2014 at 8:04 PM

I feel left out. its high school all over again :(
:)

dmacleo on August 22, 2014 at 7:57 PM

No, we’ve left that pain behind us.

I’ve got more. My Trapper Keeper holds 200 sheets. I’ll write you in.

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

The Obamacare that ate the Cubs.

Smallest. Meal. Ever.

22044 on August 22, 2014 at 8:06 PM

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Sometimes we wish you were banned.

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

I’m thinking ms fishy has some kind of deep issues with pretty, pleasant, happy ladies.

arnold ziffel on August 22, 2014 at 8:09 PM

The game was resumed Thursday, and the Giants won 5-3.

Actually, the Cubbies won the resumed game 2-1 after yet another rain delay. Then the Giants won the regularly-scheduled game 5-3.

TarheelBen on August 22, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Speaking of Baseball!!

Obama at the Bat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tcahn7PwQU

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

What a bunch of wusses. Are these fat boys going to melt?? Football and soccer are always played when and where scheduled, even if its mudball.

KenInIL on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

You realize, of course, this is the sort of thing that will alienate the LIVs when things far more important wouldn’t.

formwiz on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

I’ve got more. My Trapper Keeper holds 200 sheets. I’ll write you in.

Axe on August 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

ahh, finally some acceptance :)

dmacleo on August 22, 2014 at 8:15 PM

The cub is loose.

faraway on August 22, 2014 at 8:16 PM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark. She sometimes tries so hard to sound clever that you forget what the point of the article was.

I, for one, love, love, love mkhammer’s snark, and wish she’d dial it up even more. Plus, she doesn’t have to try to sound clever, she is. And huggable, too. ;-)

TXUS on August 22, 2014 at 8:30 PM

Benny Hill music=Yakety Sax

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:43 PM

That’s Boots Randolph, dingus! :P

Judge_Dredd on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Amen! A legend

He often played with Chet Atkins, who also recorded a cover version called “Yakety Axe.”

But more people probably have heard him on Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” which gets played to death every year.

Bootsie passed away in 2007, cheating Obama’s Death Panels.

Adjoran on August 22, 2014 at 8:40 PM

…wildcard hopefuls, the San Francisco Giants.

Hee hee hee.

A Dodger Fan

Tyrone Slothrop on August 22, 2014 at 8:42 PM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark. She sometimes tries so hard to sound clever that you forget what the point of the article was.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Too much Obama hatred will do that to you.

Here is some news from Forbes magazine owned by that well-known communist Steve Forbes.

Red States Pressured To Expand Medicaid As Care Contrasts Emerge

Pressure is building on states to go along with the expansion of Medicaid benefits under the Affordable Care Act as new studies and financial reports from health care companies point out stark differences between states treating more poor Americans and those that aren’t.

One of the nation’s largest hospital operators, Tenet Healthcare THC +0.88% (THC), last week opened a window into the differences for patients and hospital financial coffers between those states with Medicaid dollars and those without.

“In our five states that expanded Medicaid in 2014, we benefited from a significant migration of patients from uninsured into Medicaid with a 54% decline in uninsured admissions and a 27% decline in uninsured outpatient visits,” Tenet chief executive Trevor Fetter said during the company’s second-quarter earnings call last week.

Tenet saw across-the-board increases in “admissions, outpatient visits, surgeries and emergency department visits,” Fetter said.

The federal government traditionally picks up a little more than half of the cost of Medicaid. But funding under the health law is unlike past efforts to expand Medicaid in that the federal government will pick up the full tab this year as well as 2015 and 2016. The state gradually has to pick up some costs in 2017, but by 2020, the federal government is still picking up 90 percent or more of the Medicaid tab.

A report last week from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Urban Institute said states that haven’t expanded will “miss out” on more than $420 billion in federal dollars between now and 2022. In addition, the states that don’t expand are losing out on increased employment in the health care industry from newly insured patients who have help paying for services.

“States are literally leaving billions of dollars on the table that would support their hospitals and stimulate the rest of their economies,” the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Kathy Hempstead said in a report accompanying the Urban Institute report.

Other groups have also emerged to point out the benefits of expanding Medicaid. For example, Families USA has released 10 issue briefs thus far outlining in a “Medicaid expansion” looking at “who stands to gain coverage if states expand Medicaid, the types of jobs health by those who would be helped and the overall economic benefit to the state.”

In Indiana, for example, Families USA said last week that had the state expanded Medicaid in January of this year “when the option was first available, by 2016 new federal funds flowing into the state would have supported 16,400 jobs and increased state economic activity by $1.9 billion.” The group also has issued reports for Alabama, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2014/08/10/red-states-pressured-to-expand-medicaid-as-care-contrasts-emerge/

Thank you Communist mouthpiece Forbes magazine.

Thanks you President Obama!

Ned Pepper on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Obama can be blamed for a lot of things but baseball got ruined when the Dodgers left Brooklyn.

Oldnuke on August 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Ned still cannot write his own stuff. Oh and Families USA….lol

CW on August 22, 2014 at 9:10 PM

It cost me my job and benefits…still looking after 7 months…
ladyingray on August 22, 2014 at 7:25 PM

Yeah close to three years here. Other things involved but cost of health insurance was the biggie. I thought it was supposed to lower the cost $2500 per family.

yesiamapirate on August 22, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Alternate headline:

Minor league team pretending to be a major league team employs a grounds crew that doesn’t know how to properly roll out the tarp.

Snafu, indeed.

rukiddingme on August 22, 2014 at 9:24 PM

And the award for “Best Use Of The Term Caddy Wampus In A Blog Post” izzzzzzz…..

factsonlypls on August 22, 2014 at 9:28 PM

Ned Pepper on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Where is Medicaid getting all this money from, Ned? The Medicaid money tree?

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Obama can be blamed for a lot of things but baseball got ruined when the Dodgers left Brooklyn.

Oldnuke on August 22, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Let it go, lad, let it go.

It was the DH.

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Chicago still has a baseball team?

Lance Corvette on August 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

the big-business Cubs’ response

This may be a Obamacare issue, or it may not, but what is absolutely certain is that the Chicago Cubs suck a** in a manner unparalleled in this universe. Year after year after year they field a sh** team selected for low pay instead of skill and managed by a designated whipping boy who’ll cash a check one percent larger than he could get anywhere else for the duty of taking the blame and then fading into oblivion. They get away with this model because they have a dedicated fan cabal of drooling, sub-moronic a**holes who also believe strippers really think they’re cute. Male strippers.

But next year is their year … for the last hundred years.

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

Oh, and … Cubs Fan=Obama Voter

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Oh, and … Cubs Fan=Obama Voter

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Oh, and…I’m a Cubs fan.
Diehard.
*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

There are exceptions to every rule … and a little psychosis can be kind of exciting in a woman.

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 10:49 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Oh, and Go Brewers!

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 10:53 PM

. . . wait, I’ll just make a list.
Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM

People who write quite for quiet.
People with boom cars.
crankyoldlady on August 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM

People that place the emphasis on the “b” in supposedly.
People that write “quiet” for “quite”
Heh

Closet Optimist on August 22, 2014 at 11:08 PM

Speaking of Baseball!!

Obama at the Bat

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Tcahn7PwQU

canopfor on August 22, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Awesome!!!

USNCVN on August 22, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Confession: Cub fan. Many years and not the least bit proud of it. Happened to be at the Thursday evening conclusion of the Cubs’ win in this game.

Et tu, MK? How much of this BS story comes to you from Rick Telander, jackass liberal butt boy at the pathetic Sun-Times? This had nothing to do with OBozoCare; it was a poor job the day before of spooling the tarp. Give me a break.

Jaibones on August 22, 2014 at 11:32 PM

The game was resumed Thursday, and the Giants won 5-3.

Completely wrong. The game resumed and the Giants lost 2-1. Then they played their regularly scheduled game that evening against the Cubs, which they won 5-3.

Rusty Nail on August 23, 2014 at 12:02 AM

I honestly can’t understand this post. Maybe because I’m from Canada.

ebrawer on August 23, 2014 at 12:17 AM

If it’s just raining, why delay the game? Honest question.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

For one thing those dirt running lanes would become extremely slick and muddy. Sure you get mud on a football field, but at least there’s usually more grass even then for traction. If it’s a heavy rain, I’d hate to be an outfielder watching for that little white ball traveling high in the air…probably couldn’t even see it!

Other than that, I’d say that baseball is simply a sport meant to be played under the most ideal conditions like tennis is.

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 23, 2014 at 12:24 AM

Oh, and … Cubs Fan=Obama Voter

M240H on August 22, 2014 at 10:03 PM

Oh, and…I’m a Cubs fan.
Diehard.
*glares*

annoyinglittletwerp on August 22, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Same here, and it be a cold day in hell before I’d ever vote Democrat.

Lay-Z on August 23, 2014 at 12:28 AM

wait, I’ll just make a list.
Axe on August 22, 2014 at 7:47 PM
People who write quite for quiet.
People with boom cars.
crankyoldlady on August 22, 2014 at 8:03 PM
People that place the emphasis on the “b” in supposedly.
People that write “quiet” for “quite”
Heh

People who say, “The thing is, is that…”

Tyrone Slothrop on August 23, 2014 at 1:22 AM

Ned Pepper on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Where is Medicaid getting all this money from, Ned? The Medicaid money tree?

BobMbx on August 22, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Where every other government cent comes from….

Unicorn farts.

itsspideyman on August 23, 2014 at 1:54 AM

Sometimes I wish Mary Katharine Ham would cut back on the snark. She sometimes tries so hard to sound clever that you forget what the point of the article was.

bluegill on August 22, 2014 at 7:34 PM

Who died and made you the Roger and Ebert of Hot Air blog posts?

You suck at it, by the way.

Grace_is_sufficient on August 23, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Chicago still has a baseball team?

Lance Corvette on August 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Hampered somewhat by the mandatory body armor. Its Chicago after all.

partsnlabor on August 23, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Nothing like listening to Yakety Sax to put a smile on your face.

pdigaudio on August 23, 2014 at 8:28 AM

When it gets around to ruining golf, maybe Obama will finally realize what he’s done.

Occams Stubble on August 23, 2014 at 9:07 AM

The Cubs… :-D

Love ya, Twerp.

Chicago still has a baseball team?

Lance Corvette on August 22, 2014 at 9:49 PM

Yeah, ask Obama. There are two teams and he can barely name a player on either team.

Fallon on August 23, 2014 at 9:23 AM

I. Don’t. Care.

vnvet on August 23, 2014 at 9:49 AM

MKH is cute when she trolls…
;P

abobo on August 23, 2014 at 10:05 AM

Are we sure the groundskeeper herd simply hadn’t been thinned out by Chicago violence….

hillsoftx on August 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM

If it’s just raining, why delay the game? Honest question.

Christien on August 22, 2014 at 7:48 PM

You stand at home plate while a guy who throws the ball anywhere from 90 – 102 miles per hour stands 60′ 6″ away and throws it toward you. We’re talking miliseconds to try to recognize it’s coming at you and then try to get out of the way. Add to that the illumination of the raindrops by the stadium lights makes that little missile even harder to see.

Mitoch55 on August 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Add the Affordable Care Act – or, specifically, the big-business Cubs’ response to it

Does this require explanation?

Akzed on August 23, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Not sure this is the “last straw” because professional sports associations have hardly been defenders of civil liberties, conservative values or the constitution.

What were we expecting? They are business-first and tend to run for the hills if anything political comes their way. Frankly, they are irrelevant to the political development of this country.

virgo on August 24, 2014 at 12:32 AM

Ned Pepper on August 22, 2014 at 9:00 PM

You’re lying.

The feds are only covering 100% of the medicaid EXPANSION, not the entire state outlays for medicaid (i.e. a very small percentage of medicaid).

And you know it.

Why are you lying so blatantly?

Oh….leftist….got it.

runawayyyy on August 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM