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Joe Maddon says AC/DC ‘totally messed up’ infield at Wrigley

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Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon believes a recent concert by legendary rockers AC/DC has caused significant damage to the playing surface at Wrigley Field, saying, “we’ve had a little bit of trouble,” since the show last week.

“I don’t know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels,” Maddon said following Monday’s 9-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Cubs skipper also suggested that it’s possible the beating the field took has had a hand in some misplays by infielders, including an error by Starlin Castro during Monday’s game.

“They totally messed up our infield,” Maddon said. “I’ve seen a bad hop at third, a bad hop at second. Prior to that I’ve not seen one bad hop all year.”

Castro downplayed any impact the compromised infield had on his error Monday, but suggested the concert wreaked worse damage on the outfield.

“Infield is OK,” Castro said. “The grass on the outfield is bad. … It’s not even. Some long, some short. It’s not what it used to be.”

It seems to be a risky move at best to hold a concert on the playing surface of a major league ballpark during the season. Having thousands of people trampling on the turf — not to mention the wear and tear caused by the construction of stages, etc. — is just asking for trouble. The fact that ballplayers can be notoriously persnickety about the field conditions at their home ballpark only makes the decision to schedule a show arguably a misguided attempted at generating non-baseball revenue.

But hey, at least Maddon can seek solace in the fact he can still get his hands on a Cubs-inspired AC/DC tour jersey. Although my guess is he wouldn’t be interested in one, for several reasons.