Cubs’ rightfield scoreboard giving fits to visiting bullpen catchers
(MCT) — The new LED scoreboard under the right-field patio at Wrigley Field has been a financial breakthrough for the Cubs organization, which so far has refrained from cluttering the bleachers with ads.
But now opposing teams are complaining the LED board can get so bright during night games it makes it difficult to warm up their relievers.
“Warming up the pitcher in the bullpen, that new scoreboard they have, the numbers are white, and the ball is coming out of there, so it’s really difficult to see,” Cardinals bullpen catcher Jamie Pogue said Tuesday. “It doesn’t make it a whole lot of fun for us back there trying to catch those guys.
“But it will be in (the Cubs’) hands, whether they want to try to fix it to help the opposing guys out or not. I had heard the other teams that have been here complained about the same thing.”
The Brewers voiced similar complaints during the two night games on the first homestand at Wrigley. A Cubs spokesman said they are aware of the Brewers’ complaints but said the LED board “is not an issue.” One of the problems was a white background for ads of one of the Cubs’ sponsors. The spokesman said the background color has been changed on those ads.
The Cubs tested the conditions when the LED board was put in place before the season, and found no reason to change the brightness. The Cardinals have not lodged a formal complaint.
“It’s in their hands,” Pogue said. “We’ll deal with it either way.”
Speed trap: Cubs outfielder Tony Campana, called up to replace Marlon Byrd, had a fun time trying to get into the head of Cardinals reliever Mitchell Boggs on Monday, drawing several throws to first base.
“I try to get reactions out of pitchers,” Campana said. “I know if they’re thinking about me, maybe they’ll leave a fastball over the middle of the plate to the guy hitting.”
Last year, Campana challenged the Brewers’ Nyjer Morgan to a footrace to find out who’s the fastest player in the league.
“He said we had to put something on it,” Campana said. “I told him to put his paycheck on it. He said his was bigger than mine, so that wasn’t fair. I said ‘Well, if you really think you can beat me it shouldn’t matter.’”
The quote: Alfonso Soriano came into Tuesday’s game batting .200 but had his first extra-base hit with a fourth-inning double. Manager Dale Sveum doesn’t expect to drop Soriano any lower than fifth in the lineup.
“I’m not going to move him down any time soon, that’s for sure,” Sveum said. “He’s a big threat. He’s in the 5-spot and you have people around him to do things, so like I said before — the media guide doesn’t lie. When all is said and done he’ll end up with his 25-30 home runs and we’ll all look back at this and laugh at it.”
Extra innings: Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez cleared waivers and agreed to go to Triple-A Iowa, where he will be a starter. ... The Cubs will have their first Social Media Night on May 16, with special ticket offers for the bleachers and a panel discussion on tweeting before the game.