More Evidence That Nobody Gives A Damn

If you can’t rely on quality control and professionalism at a major league baseball park, then the end is nigh.

At San Francisco’s AT&T Park Wednesday night, the batter’s box was apparently drawn by a drunk groundskeeper, and looked like this….

Bad field


…when it’s supposed to look like this, which is to say, with straight lines:

Batters box


Nobody noticed…not the players, not the umpires, not the managers. Oh, the broadcasters mentioned it, but even though the chalk did not meet the regulation requirements, no effort was made to put it right. On The Blaze, which picked up the story from Yahoo Sports, the baseball-dense commenters’ general response was “Who cares?”  Yeah, keep that attitude up, bozos, it’s probably how you do your job too.

Fans pay from $45 to $100 bucks a ticket for games at big league baseball stadiums, and the clubs rake in many millions of dollars. A batter’s box like that is the equivalent of a new Lexus with a rattle, a 5-star restaurant that never can serve a souffle before it falls, a public school teacher who says “ain’t,” nurses who don’t wash their hands and a Congress that can’t pass a budget. It’s unprofessional. It’s an insult to the consumers. It demonstrates incompetence, laziness, poor training and bad management. And if we tolerate it, the attitude will spread and get worse.

Yes, it’s “only” the chalk lines of a batter’s box. But that’s not the way they are supposed to be, and “professional” is supposed to mean that the way things are supposed to be is the way they will be.

Does anyone in this country know that any more?


Sources: The Blaze, Yahoo!


7 thoughts on “More Evidence That Nobody Gives A Damn

  1. There were a couple of funny comments (although I’m not sure if the commenter intended them to be). For example:

    It’s San Francisco. Why wouldn’t they believe in changing the definition of the traditional batters box?

    • Shucks! Beat me to it. That is exactly what I was thinking on first glance at the picture – how we are in the era of re-defining fair and foul, “straight” and “traditional,” legal and illegal (drugs, residence), bias and prejudice…so, no big deal about chalk lines. Silly me, I was all wedgied about pink bats and “ball girls.”

  2. This is bizarre. Wouldn’t the managers complain to the umps when they met AT HOME PLATE to turn in their line-ups? Wouldn’t the first batter who tried to set up in the crooked box have noticed he was too close to the plate, called time out, and said something to the ump? Wouldn’t the head of the grounds crew have noticed? And don’t they use a wooden template for both boxes and the catcher’s box? Don’t you just put it down and mark away? Why is the catcher’s box straight?

    It must have been some sort of prank. Maybe the grounds crew are trying to negotiate a new contract.

  3. Look’s like they did use the template, it looks like the batter boxes are proper rectangles, but that instead of orienting the two batter’s box templates parallel with each other (as per regs) they are oriented radially from the pitcher’s mound (that is each are oriented on lines drawn directly out from the mound).

    This would indicate a lack of education on the box drawer’s part.
    A lack of diligence on the supervisor’s part.
    A solid dose of Kitty Genovese syndrome on everyone’s part before the game, and solid dose of “whatever” all around.

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