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Fucking Cubs.  Yes, I'm a Cardinals fan, but the owner worth over a billion dollars has been sending home grounds crew workers because he wants to avoid paying for health insurance for them under Obamacare.  And it bit the Cubs in the ass last week, causing them to lose a protest by the San Francisco Giants and to continue a game that was rained out because the Cubs did not have enough grounds crew workers to cover the field in time during a rainstorm.

Cubs fans deserve better than this ownership.  How the hell can we have a rivalry with you so long as you have such an asshole owner who keeps putting bad teams on the field.  We need you to be competitive.  Cubs/Cardinals is not the same.  Like who can we hate?  The Pirates?  Nah.  Brewers, Come on.  

We need a real rival.  This asshole screws his workers out of health insurance, and it may be why he puts a bad baseball product on the field.  Cubs make beaucoup bucks, but the Cardinals run circles around them every year.  You got to represent Chicago.  Get rid of this asshole and win some games so we can beat you in the National League  Championship some year.  :-)

Here's the story:  

Thanks a lot, Obama.

Add the Affordable Care Act – or, specifically, the big-business Cubs’ response to it – to the causes behind Tuesday night’s tarp fiasco and rare successful protest by the San Francisco Giants.

The staffing issues that hamstrung the grounds crew Tuesday during a mad dash with the tarp under a sudden rainstorm were created in part by a wide-ranging reorganization last winter of game-day personnel, job descriptions and work limits designed to keep the seasonal workers – including much of the grounds crew – under 130 hours per month, according to numerous sources with direct knowledge.

That’s the full-time worker definition under “Obamacare,” which requires employer-provided healthcare benefits for “big businesses” such as a major league team.

Cheap,” said one of three high-ranking officials from other organizations the Sun-Times contacted Thursday – all of whom fall below the Cubs on Forbes’ annual revenues list.

Speaking to the industry standard for grounds crew staffing, all three officials said the video of Tuesday’s incident showed an apparently “undermanned” crew (of 15 pulling the tarp on the night’s first unsuccessful try).

Embarrassing,” said one, “and they got caught.”

Chicago Sun Times:  Cubs cut grounds crew’s hours to avoid paying health benefits — sources


A spokesman for the Cubs, which are reportedly worth $1 billion and were the most profitable team in baseball in 2013, didn't refute the claims when asked by the Sun-Times, but he denied personnel changes were responsible for the field tarp incident.

Originally posted to TomP on Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 11:37 AM PDT.

Also republished by Land of Lincoln Kos and Chicago Kossacks.

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