Chicago has experienced some weird weather over the last few months -- like, for example, snow in late April. But on Monday, both the Cubs and White Sox had to try to play through this:
For the Cubs, the fog became the story in Monday night's 6-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in front of 28,502, though it was hard to look around Wrigley Field and get a sense of how accurate that announced crowd really was, with pop-ups and rooftop buildings becoming almost invisible out in the distance.
The Fog Game turned in the third inning, when Scott Feldman hung a curveball to Brandon Phillips, who drove it into the left-field bleachers for a grand slam. The Cubs went on to lose 6-2.
“I grew up in a lot of fog (in) the Bay Area, so it wasn’t too weird,” said Feldman (5-5, 3.22 ERA), who gave up five runs in six innings. “It was kind of surprising to see it out here. I was hoping maybe it would make it harder for them to pick up the ball, but apparently it didn’t work.”
“We were getting through it,” said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, who grew up in Northern California. “You’ve seen it at old Candlestick Park and in Oakland. It couldn’t get any worse. Otherwise, you would have had to stop it. It was borderline as it was.”
Meanwhile, at U.S. Cellular Field, things started off crystal clear:
But eventually, the fog rolled south to 35th Street, and led to a 70-minute fog delay in the bottom of the third.
"We couldn’t see (Jose) Bautista in right, (Adam) Lind at first and their dugout," reliever Matt Thornton said of his view from the left-field bullpen. "Flat out couldn’t see them. I’ve never seen anything like that in Chicago. Seen a lot of bad weather here but that’s a first."
"It was actually pretty tough," designated hitter Adam Dunn, who hit two home runs Monday, said. "It’s probably a lot tougher than it was for the outfielders. It was worse than when it rains. The lights made it really, really bright and it was weird."
"It was probably worse in the outfield because they couldn’t really see when it was coming off the bat; (left fielder Dayan) Viciedo didn’t see one come off the bat," manager Robin Ventura said. "When you can’t see the outfielders, I’m sure they can’t see home plate either."
CSNChicago.com Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney, White Sox Insider Dan Hayes and staff writer JJ Stankevitz contributed to this report.