Saturday, September 14, 2013
Ryan Ludwick blames Miller Park advertising board for missing catch
On Friday, Ryan Ludwick had all sorts of issues trying to flag down Jonathan Lucroy's line drive in the bottom of the first inning. Ludwick squatted and attempted to find a different angle on the ball, but it went whizzing by his glove, and all the way to the wall for a double. Two batters later, Brewers slugger Carlos Gomez delivered a two-run single to give Milwaukee an early lead.
Ludwick was asked about the play after the game and proceeded to blame the electronic advertisement ribbon board on the front of the third deck at Miller Park for causing the miscue. Ludwick said it wasn't the first time he had lost a ball in the white-colored ad for the Wisconsin Lottery, either.
“It’s the second time it’s happened to me in this ballpark,” Ludwick said. “It happened to me in right, too. Corey Hart. The balls in the gap, that medium fly ball, I tried to get down low and out of the lights, but… I was trying to get a different angle on it and I couldn’t get it out.”
Apparently, Ludwick isn't the only person who has expressed discontent over the location and color of the ad signage.
Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa also complained about the ribbon boards at Miller Park in 2011. La Russa complained not because it played havoc with the outfielders, but because he theorized that the white ads gave better lighting for the Brewers batters, while the Cardinals manager contended the team showed darker ads when the opposition was at the plate, making it tough to see.
La Russa filed an official complaint with the crew chief and then the Brewers were notified about the complaint from the Commissioner’s Office. Nothing happened with the complaint and the league moved on.
As C. Trent Rosecrans observed, the first inning wasn't the only inning a white ad was displayed on the ribbon board, he claims a white ad was also displayed in the top of the fourth inning, too.
Via Cincinnati Enquirer