Cleveland is in Chicago for a 2016 World Series rematch with the Cubs this week.
And while that classic series featured a legendary and pivotal rain delay during Game 7, tonight’s game at Wrigley Field included a delay of an entirely different sort, when play was interrupted for nearly ten minutes by a drone flying overhead.
We have a drone delay here at Wrigley Field.
— Russell Dorsey (@Russ_Dorsey1) September 17, 2020
2020: The year of drone delays in Major League Baseball.
Players being pulled off the field at Wrigley now as a drone appears.
— Tony Andracki (@TonyAndracki23) September 17, 2020
Francisco Lindor and and Jose Ramirez took shelter behind the umpires, which is honestly exactly what every ballplayer should do in a similar situation.
Another totally normal one in 2020. pic.twitter.com/ajMMABQPAd
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) September 17, 2020
Here’s how it unfolded on Marquee:
2020: a drone delay at Wrigley Field pic.twitter.com/2kSzrOlilG
— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) September 17, 2020
Drone delays are becoming more commonplace for sporting events. And hey, this one was at least thematically relevant; it was during that 2016 World Series that Trevor Bauer had to pitch through a hand injury sustained while working on a drone.
That he was somehow not involved here (or was he???) is really too bad.
In the end, the game was delayed more than seven minutes, and it’s now in extra innings, just like Game 7! Though, thankfully, Game 7 didn’t involve a free runner starting at second base.