Chicago radio station trolls Nationals with mold-shielding masks

Who knew one of the most fascinating subplots in the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals would be … mold?!

Ah postseason baseball, you’re so unpredictable. But yes, mold surprisingly became part of the Cubs-Nats series Tuesday when Nats manager Dusty Baker fumbled his way through an explanation of his pitching choice for Game 4. You see, the game was rained out Tuesday, giving the Nats an extra day of rest for their pitchers. But Dusty surprised everybody by naming Tanner Roark his starter instead of Stephen Strasburg, who is much better and would be pitching on regular rest.

The reason? Well, Strasburg was sick. The whole team was sick, really. The weather change, the hotel air-conditioning and mold all were part of it. Oh. All right then. It was quite an ordeal until the Nats reversed course Wednesday and said Strasburg felt fine now and would be starting anyway.

The whole thing was a mess, but something good came from it. It inspired a fantastic gag by Chicago radio station 670 The Score, where the Spiegel & Parkins show decided to give away surgical masks to Cubs fans outside Wrigley before Game 4. They even used the hashtag #MockTheMold.

Cubs fans mocked Dusty Baker’s mold explanation Wednesday before Game 4 of the NLDS. (AP/@nsammer24)

Yes, postseason baseball. You’re great.

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