Baseball is more fun when two rivals are good at the same time.
As much schadenfreude as some Brewers fans might have had when the Chicago Cubs were going through a rebuilding process in 2011 while the Brewers were on their way to a division title and NLCS appearance, things were more fun in 2008, when both teams were postseason contenders. Every game felt more important and more personal.
We might be getting back to that point.
In April, John Lackey casually mentioned he kinda, sorta, maybe thought Eric Thames was on PEDs after Thames took him deep. Chris Bosio followed that up by echoing Lackey's frustration and incorrectly stating Thames' "body changed" during his time away in Korea. Since then, Thames has been drug tested multiple times.
Now, after the Cubs called off Saturday's game for rain despite no rain falling all afternoon, it's the Brewers calling bull on the Cubs:
#Brewers definitely think Cubs postponed game yesterday for reason other than weather. Comments coming from GM David Stearns.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 21, 2017
#Brewers GM David Stearns didn't accuse Cubs of actual shenanigans in rainout other than having bad forecast.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 21, 2017
But Stearns made it clear thought Cubs should have waited to call game. Questioned doing it so early. Said #Brewers had different forecast.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 21, 2017
Stearns said he talked to Cubs about it to express his displeasure.— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 21, 2017
If you follow Tom Haudricourt on Twitter, you probably noticed his running commentary yesterday about the lack of rain in the afternoon. The rain had stopped by the scheduled start time of 1:20 p.m. CDT, and it remained dry for at least four hours after, which presumably would have been enough time to get the game in.
Brewers manager Craig Counsell was maybe a little less diplomatic than Stearns about the situation:
#Brewers manager Craig Counsell on Cubs postponing game Saturday:"First time our players were treated for sunburn after rainout."— Tom (@Haudricourt) May 21, 2017
The Cubs have been scuffling as of late, but it’s probably unfair to assume something nefarious here. However, the “bad forecast” theory might be easier to believe if this kind of thing hadn’t happened before:
Rivalries where the teams quibble over things like the chance of precipitation at any given hour are the best.
Before we know it, Joe Maddon might be complaining about the ribbon boards at Miller Park being too bright.