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Nationals battled heavy wind in Chicago

Jim Riggleman went 374-419 in five seasons, from 1995 to 1999, as the manager of the Chicago Cubs, so he knows why they call Chicago the Windy City.

"It's a beautiful day in Chicago," Riggleman, now the manager of the Washington Nationals, said Monday before his team lost in 10 innings to the Cubs. "Once it gets to night, it's going to be cold and windy."

Riggleman was right. Wind whipped around Wrigley Field all day and the temperature, which was 49 degrees at first pitch, did not get any warmer as the sunny afternoon turned into night. The wind was blowing in from the outfield at about 20 miles per hour, and it made a very clear impact on a few well-hit balls.

Notably, in the eighth inning, Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee crushed a fastball from Nationals reliever Tyler Walker to the warning track in right field. Later, third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a shot to the warning track in center field. The crowd rose as each blast appeared to have the distance to leave the yard, but neither did.

Asked about the challenges of playing in windy Chicago, Riggleman said: "It's a little difficult for the hitters to face the challenge of tough pitchers; the ball gets on your hands, and it's a little difficult for the outfielders. It's something during battling practice you've got to get a feel for and see what the wind is doing."

By Mark Viera  |  April 27, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Jim Riggleman  
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Comments

There's a whole Wikipedia page on this, interestingly enough:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_the_name_%22Windy_City%22

Posted by: Section506 | April 27, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Reminds me of one of the better baseball books I‘ve read. "Bleachers” by Lonnie Wheeler. He spent a season in the Wrigley bleachers and lived to write about the experience. Yeah, it’s the Cubs but a great read for any baseball fan. Anyway, there are some pretty good discussions in there about the crazy weather patterns at Wrigley and how things change from spring to summer to fall and also the differences between day and night games. Been years since I read the book, but some of those veteran bleacher-ites could predict game conditions with remarkable accuracy.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | April 27, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

"Yeah, it’s the Cubs but a great read for any baseball fan."

How does it end? Do they win everything, or colossally choke when it's on the line?

Posted by: Section506 | April 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

If I remember correctly, the book covered the 1987 season - Cubs finished under .500. Think that was the year Andre Dawson won the MVP?

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | April 27, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

I realize it's just a(nother) typo, but I like calling it "battling practice."

Posted by: grantmulkey | April 27, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

All we need is a strong wind like this every game and Walker will be money. Maybe a little sidecurrent across the plate to hep Bruney too.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | April 27, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Don't think you'll see Bruney or Walker today, it's Clip n Capps day at Wrigley...if needed. Livo may go the distance!

Posted by: cokedispatch | April 27, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Psst... Hernandez is due a Livo Meltdown. Let's hope it's not tonight.

Posted by: Section506 | April 27, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

As long as the wind is blowing in, 506, we should be OK.
Or is your RHCFW starting to turn you?

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 27, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Crixus can play right field? I hear he's a free agent.
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I like calling it "battling practice."
Posted by: grantmulkey | April 27, 2010 11:38 AM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | April 27, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I think they had better find some new relief pitchers from the minors ... replacing the guys who have to be "hidden" from stressful situations. Not position players.

If position players are a problem put Harris on the DL. Even Zim and bring guys up to do the job. If they aren't hitting send them down or release them. Sure seems like they coddle a lot of guys who appear undeserving. As opposed to those who kill themselves to get there.

Posted by: periculum | April 27, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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