Chicago White Sox Ground Crew Draws Batters’ Boxes Wrong in Opening Day Goof
Oops. The Chicago White Sox ground crew isn’t yet in mid-season form. Today’s White Sox home opener against the Detroit Tigers had to be delayed after umpires determined the chalk-outlined batters’ boxes were laid out improperly.
Three batters into the game at US Cellular Field in Chicago, a Detrot Tiger batter noticed there was something wrong with the layout of the batter’s box.
The umpires determined that the boxes were indeed drawn too close to the pitcher’s mound, which didn’t allow Cabrera to set up as deep as he usually does.
The chalk lines were raked and a member of the grounds crew carried a batter’s box template in from center field as boos rained down on Cabrera.
When the issue was settled and the new boxes in place, Cabrera wiped away part of the box while setting up, drawing more boos, then hit the first pitch in the air to right field for the final out of the inning.