Something I won’t ever forget about my journey to the 16 Midwest League ballparks last year is how hot it was most of that time (approximately from Memorial Day to Labor Day). The photo seen above doesn’t reflect the actual temperature in Lansing that day, but I’m sure it felt like it at the time.
I mention this because yesterday was the hottest day of the year so far in much of Midwest League territory. In Chicago — the big city closest to my home — the temperature reached 101 degrees Thursday. That was the first time Chicago temperatures officially reached triple digits since 2005.
When I check the box scores for Midwest League games every night for my daily #MWLscoreboard updates via Twitter, I typically don’t look at the game-time temperatures. But last night I did. Most Midwest League games started with temperatures in the mid- to high 90s, but the Lugnuts-Hot Rods game in Bowling Green outdid them all at 103 degrees with mere 5 mph winds out to left field. And that was at 7:05 p.m. Imagine how hot it was in Bowling Green earlier in the day!
Only two Midwest League games started with temperatures in the 80s — the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ home game (84 degrees) and the Lake County Captains’ home game (85 degrees).