As the Phillies are gearing up for 80’s Retro Night at Citizens Bank Park Friday evening, ballpark attendees only have their mind on one thing: how will they survive the heat?
Roy Halladay certainly felt the heat Monday evening in Chicago as he took himself out of the game in the fifth inning suffering from noticeable heat exhaustion and dehydration. Many news articles and blog posts reminisce about the game with notes that perhaps Halladay is human, and not a machine after all.
Last time I checked, machines tend to malfunction in extreme heat and humidity.
Halladay is known as one of the most well-conditioned players in Major League Baseball – arriving for Spring Training workouts hours ahead of time, hitting the weight room after his perfect game, always seen running up and down the stairs at the ballpark between starts. He is the model athlete, hydrating before, during and after workouts and games with water, Gatorade and Pedialyte. But when temperatures are planted firmly in the triple digits, and heat advisories are popping up all over the country as the system holds more than half of the country hostage, even the best of the best need a break now and then.
ESPN investigated into Halladay’s white-hot statistics and found that since 2004, when the temperature is at least 90 degrees, Doc’s ERA rises with the mercury, averaging over a full run higher. He also gives up at least one extra home run per scorching hot game. One Monday, he allowed three runs on seven hits including a home run to Armaris Ramirez in four innings of work.
Headed to the ballpark this evening? Here are some tips from the Red Cross to keep you in your seat and away from the emergency room: