Jerry Park Sunsets
First, I just love sunsets. Second, Jarry Park was, of course, the first home
of the Montreal Expos, and the place where I saw my very first MLB game live as
a kid (it was against the Cubs, a doubleheader (we had those back then ... ).
Fergie Jenkins and Joe Niekro for the Cubs; I forget who pitched for the Expos
(they were all pretty much forgettable).
But the Jarry Park sunsets were the source of the strangest ground rule doubles
- and game delays- I have ever seen (including my playing days as a kid). At the
beginning of night games (or the first one of a twi-night DH, I don't remember),
the sun would set right behing the left field bleachers (Jonesville, as it was
known). If at that moment a better hit a ball to the left side of the diamond,
you'd get the following chain of events:
GB SS, throw to 1B ... firstbaseman loses the ball "in the sun"!! Ground-rule
double. At that point, they'd stop the game for a few minutes until the sun disappeared
behind the bleachers, and resume. It happened more than once.