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You may see a title at Wrigley, but odds are you have seen everything that can change a game’s outcome.
As indicated by the city's nickname—the “Windy City”—Wrigley Field’s players have to adjust to the unusual wind patterns of the ballpark.
In April and May, winds from Lake Michigan, which is a short mile away from the stadium, blows wind northeast, which causes balls headed to Waveland Avenue to stay in play and turn into outs.
On hot days, however, the summer breeze blows out to the fences, sending what would be routine fly balls into the streets of Chicago.
The dimensions of the field are also a bit deeper than most are accustomed to, with both the right field and left field poles further than 350 feet away from the batter.
Now that we have discussed weather and walls, let’s throw in Wrigley’s most iconic feature, the ivy covered walls.
Wrigley is the only park in the MLB that is known to swallow up balls and even spit one or two out on occasion.
Hard-hit balls can get caught in the ivy, and that can strand a runner headed for a triple with just a ground rule double or give a slow runner the extra base, as well.
On certain occasions, balls left over from batting practice pop out of the greenery and confuse players, umps, and fans.
And I would mention the space between the outside of the field itself, but I don't want to bring back bad memories. *Cough* Steve Bartman *Cough*