AC/DC tore it up at Wrigley Field last week – literally.
“I don’t know if they [the band] were out there taking ground balls in 9-inch heels”.
Unsolicited, Maddon jumped to the defense of second baseman Starlin Castro Monday night after Castro was charged with an error on Adam Lind’s third-inning grounder – laying the blame with the latest of an annual series of Wrigley Field concerts that have tended to create headaches for groundskeepers. That was an infield incident, but Maddon reserved his strongest concerns for Wrigley’s outfield. “But if it does, I can see the headline now: AC/DC Kills Cubs’ Hopes”.
“Travis [Wood] was putting a lot of pressure on me for not having a lot of animals in the clubhouse this year”, said Maddon, who had a snake brought into the clubhouse when he was manager of the Tampa Bay Rays. We just got to get it ironed out because I think Starlin has done a nice job at second base.
“I’d love to take Warren home and have him coexist with Winston and Clemente (his English bulldogs) if that was possible”, Maddon said. But the fun came with a cost: the next day trucks were lined up with new sod as crews worked through the night to replace the damaged outfield grass where fans had been sitting. “That was a weird hop”. Cubs management has said the millions in profits they make from concerts like AC/DC, Billy Joel and the Zac Brown Band is money they funnel back into the team, but some question whether the rock music could turn into the blues.