Cubs might consider padding on doors
June, 27, 2014
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO – Cubs President Theo Epstein says the team should consider putting padding on the doors along the outfield wall after centerfielder Junior Lake crashed into one in right-center field Thursday night.
“That’s something we should probably talk about,” Epstein said before Friday afternoon's game. “The ivy provides a little bit of a buffer on the brick. We’re not going to put pads on the brick, but on the doors is worth thinking about.”
AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhJunior Lake put a scare into his teammates after crashing hard into the outfield wall in Thursday's game.
There are five doors across the outfield in between the brick and ivy. Lake was tracking down a fly ball off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman when he went sliding into the door near the 368-foot sign in right-center. His leg and face smashed into the door, but he escaped with only bruises.
“Once I saw him fight to stay in the game and smiling I was a lot less concerned,” Esptein said. “It’s a fine line. You tell your guys not to lay out near the brick or the steel doors.”
No word if the Cubs need permission from the city or Landmark Commission to put padding in the outfield.