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At one point in Sunday's game
at Peoria, the field temperature reached 101 degrees.
A little warm. My example to
explain the conditions yesterday was something along the lines of:
Pre-heat your oven to about 450 degrees; stick your head in there; and
then have someone douse you with the garden hose.
Please, do NOT try this. Just
Anyway the temperature - or
maybe it was the heatstroke - got me to thinking about the three warmest
places from which I have called a baseball game.
Keep in mind that I realize that I have it pretty easy compared to the
players on the field and the fans in the stands.
I also realize that these minor inconveniences do not take away from a
really good job that allows me to watch and talk about baseball.
It's just that the column is called Mehring
Monday for a reason.
PETE VONACHEN STADIUM: This was
the old stadium in Peoria. There was
no air. No, seriously.
We had to wear oxygen tanks and scuba gear to call games from here, which
really helped with the humidity. Plus,
the fact that the only thing to drink was room temperature water out of this old
time iced-tea dispensers made for a little dehydration.
I was ecstatic when they built the new O'Brien Field.
SIOUX FALLS STADIUM:
Oh, Northern League, sometimes I miss you.
This press box was made out of wood and had the feel of one of those
clubhouses kids used to build. You
know; the ones that had the sign No Girlz
Alowd with the backwards r. There
were two things about this press box. The
first was that this wood was the most heat absorbent wood ever.
I think that it may have been fire-resistant.
The second was that they would not open the doors or windows to the press
box until around 3:30 in the afternoon. The
heat of the Sun is beating on this thing all day long.
You get to the place and your breath is taken away by the furnace blast
when the door opened. It wouldn't
cool down until about the eighth inning.
POHLMAN FIELD: I don't want
to pick on Beloit. I really don't.
Gosh, they try. But, the
press box is a trailer that could have doubled for an office at a construction
site of Jim Rockford's home. No
air flow and one fan way down at the other end of the trailer with all of the
electrical equipment. I guess they
need it more. There are some
interesting little quirks here, too. If
you have to leave the door open to try to get a breeze, you risk a couple of
things: A.) First-degree sunburn on the back of your neck because the setting
sun hits you just right. B.) Fans in
the stands walking into the booth and asking you to announce that someone from
Ireland is at Pohlman Field for their first ever baseball game.
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