The Natural delivers in the darkness at Wrigley

The cool thing about Wrigley Field is that while it is known for it’s matinee ballgames, if you look at the lighting created by it during evening games, it is very bright on the players on the field but very dark in the crowd. I think this creates a cool ambience watching from home on t.v. and I wonder if it is noticeable at the ballpark.

Last night’s ballgame was a slugfest from the early going. Both teams traded blows inning after inning as the Reds got homeruns from Adam Dunn and Jeff Conine to help them get the game tied at 9 in the top of the 8th inning.

With a runner on first Josh Hamilton strolled to the plate as a pinch hitter to face Bob Howry, who is a pretty nasty pitcher. I leaned over to my roomate who is a Cubs fan and told him: “he’s going to homer this at-bat, he’s dialed in.”

Hamilton fought off tough fastballs and took some close pitches. Then it happened. Hamilton swatted a high fastball to deep left center, a beautiful piece of hitting. It was a two-run homerun and the Reds had the lead for good. David Weathers got the final 3 outs of the game for his 24th save of the season.

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