Cubs Game Is Delayed Over Unexpected Visitor

'Just experienced my first drone delay at Wrigley Field,' tweets a broadcaster
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 17, 2020 11:30 AM CDT
Game Delayed on Account of ... Drone?
A drone lies on the grass during the fifth inning of a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians in Chicago. Play was briefly suspended.   (AP Photo/Mark Black)

Umpires cleared the field during a game between the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs on Wednesday night when a small drone flew into Wrigley Field over the bleachers and landed on the grass in deep left center, per the AP. As Willson Contreras came to bat with two outs in the bottom of the fifth and the game tied at 2, the device was spotted over the left-center stands. Before the drone landed, umpires rushed players into the dugouts. The blinking drone took off, hovered at about 100 feet, then pulled away and vanished past the vintage center-field scoreboard.

Following a 7-minute delay, Contreras resumed his at-bat and grounded out to end the inning. "Just experienced my first drone delay at Wrigley Field," tweeted Zach Zaidman of WSCR-AM. "2020 has been some kind of year." In another tweet, Zaidman explained that drones are prohibited by the FAA from flying in or around baseball stadiums starting one hour before and ending one hour after games. For the record, the Cubs eventually won, 3-2. (More strange stuff stories.)

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