Reds’ Grounds Crew Member Hilariously Gets Eaten by Tarp Monster Amid Rain Delay

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The Tarp Monster claimed another victim during a rain delay in Sunday’s Cincinnati Reds-Los Angeles Dodgers game at Great American Ballpark. 

From time to time, the notorious creature of Cincinnati lore has infamously swallowed up a select few Reds ground crew members during weather delays, its massive, all-enveloping maw proving inescapable for the poor and unfortunate souls who happened to stumble or trip up during the rollout of the tarp.

On Sunday afternoon, one unlucky Reds ground crew member faced that cruel fate as she disappeared under the tarp and was forced to army-crawl her way out of the darkness.

“Good news, bad news,” the Reds announcer said. “Good news, the Reds are up four. Bad news, Tarp Monster did get one member of the grounds crew… You see the single-yup, there’s somebody under there.”

The Reds were up 4-0 before the rain delay in the top of the sixth inning. Reds’ Nick Martini and Jonathan India each had two-run singles off Dodgers’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto.

Kristen Wong


Kristen Wong is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated. She has been a sports journalist since 2020. Before joining SI, Kristen covered four NFL teams as an associate editor with the FanSided NFL Network and worked as a staff writer for the brand’s flagship site. She has written about soccer, the NFL, NBA, and MLB since 2020, and outside of work, has dreams of running her own sporty dive bar.