They tried to play baseball in Cleveland on Monday and — surprise, surprise — it snowed.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer, like all newspapers, is fascinated with weather. And they’re milking the story for all it’s worth.

On Monday, Alejandro introduced you to the Plain Dealer’s new flash-based video game, “Snowball!

That game was lame.

But the Plain Dealer’s latest feature, a time-lapse video of the grounds crew fighting to keep the Prog field in playing shape, is pretty cool. So cool, that it has earned the official Umpbump seal of approval.

See, technology isn’t all bad.

7 Responses to “Watch it: Cleveland grounds crew battles the elements”

  1. You know, I think I have to agree that there probably is an extremely high level of douchebaggery in the clubhouse.

  2. Sarah Green says:

    Yo, C.J. The soul patch is the official UFH of douchebaggery!

    Shave it! SHAVE IT!

  3. This is very interesting. So rare to have a ballplayer refer to his typical peer as a douchebag.

    It’s worth noting that this article was written by Jeff Pearlman, the same reporter who pulled the curtain back on John Rocker in a SI story some years ago.

  4. You can never go wrong with a good time-lapse video – and this one is very cool. How about a time-lapse “video” of…i.e. of umpbump getting updated over the last year or so…that would be interesting….

  5. It didn’t snow in Cleveland Monday.

    It snowed in Cleveland a year ago on the day of the home opener. That’s when the time-lapse is from. It’s promoed at the end of Snowball, too.

    Thanks for all the links, though. Any suggestions for our successor to Snowball? I’m thinking “Here Come the Midges” or “Darn Those Sox!”

  6. Jeff Frederick says:

    I really love all of the honesty this guy has . I like people that call it as it is .If you are a douchebag ,clean up your act !

  7. John biggs says:

    This dude’s gay. No dude takes that many pictures of himself unless he’s gay.

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