No, it’s not a whodunnit murder mystery set in London—it’s just baseball being played in a fog bank.
A freak bit of weather turned the city of Chicago into a murky haze of low-settling clouds Monday, leaving spectators and players alike straining to see the action as the Cubs and the White Sox faced off against their respective opponents, as Rick Chandler of SportsGrid reports.
The visibility at Wrigley Field was furry at best as the Cubs took on the Cincinnati Reds.
Things were even worse on the South Side, where the matchup between the White Sox and the Toronto Blue Jays had to be delayed 70 minutes due to the thick blanket of wooly mist smothering U.S. Cellular Field.
Sportscasters at both ballparks had trouble seeing the outfielders, and Reds manager Dusty Baker said the sight of the fog was something he had only ever seen before in San Francisco, according to AJ Cassavell and Doug Miller of MLB.com.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen the fog come in like that here. I’ve seen the fog come in like that at Candlestick Park [in San Francisco], and they’d blow the foghorns so ships could see in the night. But that was pretty weird.
The soupy visibility obviously caused havoc for the outfielders, but some batters—such as Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro—also claimed they had problems seeing the pitches coming from the mound.
“When I went up for the first at-bat, I saw the ball at the last moment. Everybody said the same. You could only see a little bit of white coming to home plate. It wasn’t easy.”
It certainly wasn’t easy for the Cubs, who fell to the Reds, 6-2, in the pea soup at Wrigley. On the other side of town, the White Sox managed to take down the Blue Jays, 10-6. Taunting from Sox fans immediately ensued, of course.
It’s good to see that even when the city is beset by weather more suiting of a Scooby Doo ghost town, a rivalry remains a rivalry in Chicago.