Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the major leagues as high temperatures gripped large parts of North America
At Wrigley Field, mist machines tried to cool the crowd. At Yankee Stadium, only one player took batting practice on the field. In Cleveland, rules were relaxed on what fans could bring into the park. Even for a sport that promotes high heat, Saturday was a scorcher across the majors. The National Weather Service said it was part of a dangerous heat wave gripping much of the country.
Hours before Baltimore played Boston at sweltering Camden Yards, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde pulled aside starting catcher Chance Sisco and issued a stiff directive. I told Chance, I dont want him hustling on and off the field. I want to see him walking, Hyde said. When youre a catcher in these type of games, its not easy. After the eighth inning, his face was beet red. It was 97F (36C) for the first pitch and no relief in sight, either. The temperature was forecast to top 100F for Sunday afternoons series finale.
In Chicago, where it was 94F (34C) when the Cubs started against San Diego, there was a big ovation in the seventh inning for the weather. Thats when the wind suddenly shifted and began blowing in. The temperature immediately dropped and many in the crowd of 40,314 cheered the wind in the Windy City.
For those sitting in the stands with no cover, it was hard to take. Jaclyn Jendrisak was in town from St Louis for a bachelor and bachelorette party. Fortunately for her group, the Cubs created a cooling station in right field. Standing in the shade, have some air conditioning blowing on us. Were sticking to water and not having beer. Its helping a little bit, she said.
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