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Rain delay turns into hilarious battle of the bullpens

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Chicago Cubs grounds crew cover the field during a rain delay before a baseball game between the Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Chicago Cubs grounds crew cover the field during a rain delay before a baseball game between the Cubs and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Thursday night’s game at Wrigley Field between the Cubs and Diamondbacks had plenty of highlights but none as jaw-dropping as the battle between the bullpens during suspended play.

During the top of the second inning, the first of three rain delays was called and the grounds crew pulled the tarp over the field only to have one of the crew members trip up and go all Slip n’ Slide before crawling his way out.

If that wasn’t enough entertainment in lieu of baseball, the two teams’ bullpens, watching each other via television monitors, left the crowd thoroughly entertained with an epic battle while they waited for the weather to clear.

The two sides called out the other proclaiming, ‘it’s on!’

Arizona’s T.J. McFarland put his uniform upside-down and backwards before the rest of the D-backs relief guys pulled the old four-man bobsled act. They were a little out of sync but didn’t crash on any of the corners.

The Cubs’ pitchers put on animal masks. Why were they on hand? Who knows! While young arm Carl Edwards Jr. decided to sit back and relax and go fishing for teammates. He caught a big one.

There was even some ropin’ that would have done the Calgary Stampede proud.

The Diamondbacks ended up holding on for a 10-8 win over the Cubs. There was no official scoring for the sideshow.

Unfortunately, with a roof over their heads, Jays’ fans probably won’t be seeing their late-inning guys pulling such antics anytime soon — at least at the Rogers Centre.