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Ltlabner
07-16-2006, 09:20 PM
In the spirit of a good ole fashioned Cincinnati summer day with high heat and humidity I pose this question....

What is the hotest and most miserable game & stadium you've ever been too?


Mine is a mid August night game at Riverfront in the early/mid 1980's. We were sitting in my neighbors seats in the blue section, along the 1B line, under the overhang. It was a typical Cincinnati August night. Still in the 80's at 7:35pm with super high humidity. I swear I never once felt a breeze inside Riverfront and there was less than no breeze that night. It was stiffleing to say the least and I was drenched in sweat from just sitting there. I don't know how the players didn't pass out on the astroturf in those double-knit unis.

goreds2
07-16-2006, 09:29 PM
It wasn't a hot day but on fathers day 2003, the Reds game rained out. That was a miserable day!!

The wife did buy me a Marty And Joe bobble head though. :)

Redhook
07-16-2006, 09:38 PM
I thought I was going to melt at a Missouri footbal game late last summer. Very hot! All I wanted to do was go back outside to the talegait area. I could've cared less about the game and it was hot as hell.

But the hottest I've ever been was when I played 36 holes in one day for the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Terrace Park golf course, in Cincinnati. Date: Early August. If you've ever been there, you know it sits by a river and the air doesn't move at all there. Stupid hot! The temp. was in the mid to upper 90's and the humidity had to be about the same. 11 hours of that. It was amazing no one got heat exhaustion that day. I remember eating a huge lunch that day and drinking approximately 10 bottles of water each round and STILL lost 10 pounds that day. Ridiculous.

BCubb2003
07-16-2006, 09:39 PM
Believe it or not, Buffalo Bills, Sept. 9, 2001.

redsfanfalcon
07-16-2006, 10:45 PM
Some of the days at Riverfront when there was Astroturf and we had good seats...we would just bake.

terminator
07-16-2006, 11:14 PM
Granted GABP gets more breezes than Riverfront, but GABP can still be plenty hot. Sitting in the sun last year along the third baseline during an afternoon game in the mid-90's I nudged my sister and told her to put down as the cause of death on my Death Certificate simply "Melted." :)

Falls City Beer
07-16-2006, 11:19 PM
I went to a game at Tiger Stadium in the bicentennial summer--I was 10, and having drunk a big slushy, I vomited all over the concourse on the 3rd base side.

Cedric
07-16-2006, 11:21 PM
I still brag about going to Reds games in August. It's either a badge of honor or a badge of pure idiocy.

westofyou
07-16-2006, 11:27 PM
But the hottest I've ever been was when I played 36 holes in one day for the U.S. Amateur qualifier at Terrace Park golf course, in Cincinnati.

We used to part on the TP Golf Course, drove our cars to the point... picture Dazed and Confused and you're there.

Hottest at a Ball Park for me was 105 in San Francisco against the Reds in 2001, just brutal.

Once I was in Vegas and it was 112 with a 20 mile an hour wind that was pretty hot.... 100 degrees and 90% humidity on the 4th of July at a Dead show in Bonner Springs Kansas is easily the most disgusting hot I've had to deal with.

Ltlabner
07-17-2006, 08:31 AM
Granted GABP gets more breezes than Riverfront, but GABP can still be plenty hot. Sitting in the sun last year along the third baseline during an afternoon game in the mid-90's I nudged my sister and told her to put down as the cause of death on my Death Certificate simply "Melted."

Anybody sit in those bleacher seats in left feild at GABP? Those look like they would be miserable as the sun is just baking them away. And then you get to look into the setting sun for the first few innings.

dabvu2498
07-17-2006, 08:33 AM
My first trip to Tiger Stadium. Detroit had swept first 4 games of a rare 5 game series and it seemed that the Sox were in danger of losing control of the AL East. Bruce Hurst prevented that. Sox ended up winning the division by one game that year.

We had seats in the 1st row of the RF lower level, in the sun, but still with the roof over you for that added oven feel. It may not have been the hottest day ever, but for a 12 year old kid, it sure seemed like it.


Game Played on Sunday, August 7, 1988 (D) at Tiger Stadium
BOS A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 - 3 7 1
DET A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 6 0
BATTINGBoston Red Sox AB R H RBI BB SO PO A
Boggs 3b 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 5
Barrett 2b 5 0 0 0 0 2 3 3
Evans rf 5 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Greenwell lf 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 0
Burks cf 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
Benzinger 1b 4 1 1 1 0 1 13 1
Rice dh 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
Owen pr,dh 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Reed ss 2 0 1 1 1 0 3 1
Gedman c 3 0 1 1 0 2 5 0
Hurst p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Totals 34 3 7 3 3 6 30 12
FIELDING -
DP: 2. Benzinger, Barrett-Benzinger-Barrett.
E: Reed (7).
BATTING -
2B: Greenwell (28,off Robinson); Gedman (6,off Hernandez).
SH: Gedman (5,off Robinson); Reed (5,off Hernandez).
IBB: Boggs (14,by Hernandez).
Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING -
CS: Rice (1,2nd base by Robinson/Heath).
Detroit Tigers AB R H RBI BB SO PO A
Walewander 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
Brookens 3b 4 0 1 0 0 3 1 3
Trammell ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Lemon rf 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Salazar lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
Herndon dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Knight 1b 4 0 1 0 0 1 10 1
Murphy cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 3 0
Heath c 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 1
Robinson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Hernandez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 35 0 6 0 0 5 30 9
BATTING -
2B: Murphy (2,off Hurst).
Team LOB: 5.
PITCHINGBoston Red Sox IP H R ER BB SO HR
Hurst W(12-4) 10 6 0 0 0 5 0
Detroit Tigers IP H R ER BB SO HR
Robinson L(13-5) 9 5 2 2 2 5 0
Hernandez 1 2 1 1 1 1 0
Totals 10 7 3 3 3 6 0
Robinson faced 2 batters in the 10th inning
IBB: Hernandez (2,Boggs).
Umpires: Terry Craft, John Hirschbeck, Dale Scott, Rick Reed
Time of Game: 3:00 Attendance: 41623

RFS62
07-17-2006, 08:35 AM
I saw a few games in the mid 90's with very high humidity in Arlington, Texas.

It was brutal.

goreds2
07-17-2006, 08:38 AM
Anybody sit in those bleacher seats in left feild at GABP? Those look like they would be miserable as the sun is just baking them away. And then you get to look into the setting sun for the first few innings.

Last summer, some friends of mine with two kids sat there in the heat. They ended up going to the Machine Room.

Roy Tucker
07-17-2006, 08:41 AM
Went to a night game in 1988 where the daytime high had been 102 at Riverfront. Field temperature was 135 at game time and we were just 4 rows up.

When a breeze blew off the field, it felt like when you first open the door on a hot oven. Just this bubble of super-heated air.

One of the few games I've ever left early (and I never leave games early). It was awful.

minus5
07-17-2006, 09:57 AM
Sitting close to the field of Riverfront in late summer, I always had the vision of sitting inside of a large wok...I sometimes needed a spatula to get up from my seat too. :D

reds1869
07-17-2006, 10:08 AM
Anybody sit in those bleacher seats in left feild at GABP? Those look like they would be miserable as the sun is just baking them away. And then you get to look into the setting sun for the first few innings.

I bought the power pack out there so I've been to several games in those seats this year. The Indians Sunday afternoon game was bad, as were the two night games for the reasons you mentioned. Nothing can top the freezing misery of opening day out there, though. I was horribly underdressed and paid the price for it.

Yesterday I had seats on the third base line but ended up moving to the top row in right field under the overhang. Muuuuuuch better. We fried those first 3 innings.

westofyou
07-17-2006, 10:16 AM
Went to a night game in 1988 where the daytime high had been 102 at Riverfront. The Cincinnati summer of no rain and hight heat... worst summer I ever spent in the East.

919191
07-17-2006, 10:20 AM
I was at the game where Blauser's spikes melted. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I felt so miserable I didn't feel real good about even driving home.

boognish
07-17-2006, 10:56 AM
Two immediately come to mind; one August day game in the (I think) last year before they tore out left and center field at Riverfront...I went with my brother and two friends. We had blue seats and it was over 130 on the artificail surface. The game was really competitive, but next to nobody was seated--all standing in a vain effort to get the minimal relief provided from the shade from the higher decks in the concourse area. One of those days where you buy a beer and regret it since it has the temperature of a bowl of soup by the time you get to your seat!

The one that sticks out most, though, was Sunday July 3 last year...had excellent seats ~7 rows up along the first base line, and it was a sticky 96 degrees for the walk over from Covington. We thought it could be our last chance to see the great Roger Clemens pitch, and he did not disappoint; unfortunately, my three friends and I were witness to a 9-0 drubbing at the hands of the visitors. The stadium, at least the lower levels, was packed, and I don't know if sitting in close proximity to that many bodies has an effect on the heat index, but it sure seemed to.

Aside from seeing Clemens mow through our lineup, the sweet-swinging Brad Ausmus also delivered a couple of hits, and Clemens himself collected more total bases than the Reds lineup (IIRC)!

Yachtzee
07-17-2006, 12:37 PM
I was at a game back in the '80s at Riverfront. We had Outfield Green Seats. Eric Davis hit a home run. It was brutally hot. I remember nothing else, other than being miserable for most of the game.

BuckWoody
07-17-2006, 01:44 PM
Most of my memories of brutal heat come from those mid-summer day games at Riverfront. We used to sit in the second row behind the outfield end of the Reds dugout. The heat from the field was always intense and those dark blue seats just soaked up the sun. There was never ANY breeze down there either. We would always stop by the restrooms first to get a bunch of paper towel soaked in water to use on the seats just so we could sit down.

When it got too bad we would walk back behind homeplate to the bar and watch it on TV until we cooled down a bit, then stand behind home plate and watch until we got too hot again, then back inside, repeat, repeat... At least there was someplace to get awy from the heat.

BoydsOfSummer
07-17-2006, 03:59 PM
The Cincinnati summer of no rain and hight heat... worst summer I ever spent in the East.

I worked in a greenhouse for a huge rose grower in Richmond,In that summer. Oh. My. God.

We'd open up the faucets that lined the aisles and just stand under them sometimes

They gave us t-shirts at the end of the summer saying we'd survived it.

smith288
07-17-2006, 04:28 PM
It wasn't a hot day but on fathers day 2003, the Reds game rained out. That was a miserable day!!

The wife did buy me a Marty And Joe bobble head though. :)
I was at that game. It sucked.

nineworldseries
07-18-2006, 01:51 PM
Sunday, May 28th against the Diamondbacks was terrible, as was Sunday, July 2nd (Jason Larue hat day) against the Injuns. Also neither might be as bad as this Thursday against the Mets.... I usually love the day games but I'm cursing this one which will be in 95+ degree heat it looks like. :cool:

nineworldseries
07-18-2006, 01:52 PM
I was at that game. It sucked.

Hey, they did end up playing like 1 1/2 innings! :laugh:

flynn78
07-18-2006, 02:23 PM
I think that it was a "turn back the clock game" prices on the concessions were like a dollar for hot dogs and small cups of pop. I remember you couldn't get near the concession stands. We were in the yellow seats at Riverfront and the hot air was just sticking there. With people looking for concession stands and the security busy with other things, the yellow seats were packed with people standing in line. Very unusual. The air trapped and extra people had us cooking from the inside. I was miserable. Not my favorite day at the ballpark.

butlerbulldogs
07-18-2006, 08:13 PM
wily mo pena bobblehead night, was pretty hot, especially since there was no room to spread out in the seats